Economics and policies for biodiversity: OECD's response

OECD-UNDP Virtual Global Conference on Biodiversity Finance

15, 22 & 29 April
Paris, France
Virtual Conference


The OECD Biodiversity Land use and Ecosystems (BLUE) programme, and the UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) convened a joint virtual Global Conference on Biodiversity Finance as a milestone in the lead up to CBD COP15. This conference was originally planned to take place in Paris. However, due to COVID-19, the physical meeting is postponed to a later date. The objectives of this virtual series were:

  • First, to examine trends and lessons learned in scaling up biodiversity finance and policy incentives.
  • Second, to foster exchange, among governments and biodiversity finance experts, of experiences, best practices and opportunities for mobilising, tracking and aligning biodiversity finance.
  • Third, to reflect on recommendations on biodiversity finance for the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 


Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Session 1: The State of Biodiversity Finance in 2020

Part A: Opening remarks

Moderator: Rodolfo Lacy, OECD Environment Director

  OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria


   UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner


  • Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France. Keynote on national experiences
  • Alain de Comarmond, Principal Secretary, Environment Department, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles. Keynote on national experiences

Part B: What we know today about the global biodiversity finance landscape

Moderator: Simon Buckle, Head of Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, OECD Environment Directorate

Session 2: Towards a New Paradigm for Tracking Biodiversity Expenditures and Effective Budgeting

Moderator: Mariana Bellot, Technical Advisor UNDP BIOFIN

Part A. Biodiversity expenditure reviews and tagging

Part B. Effective budgeting for biodiversity

Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Session 3: Identifying and Reforming Subsidies Harmful to Biodiversity

Moderator: Katia Karousakis, OECD Biodiversity, Land Use and Ecosystems (BLUE) programme

Part A. Expert panel on national experiences with identifying and tracking subsidies

Part B. Expert panel on national experiences with reforming subsidies harmful to biodiversity 

Session 4: Estimating Finance Needs and Developing Effective Biodiversity Finance Plans

Moderator: Annabelle Trinidad, Technical Advisor, UNDP BIOFIN

Part A. Estimating Finance Needs for Biodiversity

Part B. Developing Effective Finance Plans 

Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Session 5: The Private and Finance Sector as Biodiversity Leaders

Moderator: Onno van den Heuvel, UNDP BIOFIN

Scene setting

Expert panel 

Moderator: Onno van den Huevel, UNDP BIOFIN

  • Philippe Zaouati, Chief Executive Officer, Mirova
  • Alice Durand-Reville, Corporate Public Affairs Director, Danone
  • Anil Perera, Additional Director-Domestic Operations, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, and Secretary to the Steering Committee on Sustainable Finance
  • Gilles Kleitz, Director for Natural Resources, Agriculture, Water, Forests and Oceans, Agence Française de Développement
  • Mabel M. Niala, Head of Public Relations and Communications Strategy, Corporate Affairs, CEO Office, GCash, the Philippines 

Session 6: A New Biodiversity Finance Agenda for 2021-2030

Moderator: Simon Buckle, Head of Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, OECD Environment Directorate

High-level opening remarks

  • Ning Liu, Negotiator for CBD COP15, Deputy Director General, Department of Nature and Ecology Conservation, Ministry of Ecology and the Environment, China, High-level Remarks
  • Dr. Cheryl Case, Head of Biodiversity and Environment, DEFRA, United Kingdom, High-level Remarks 


  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Lessons learned on resource mobilisation for the post-2020 framework

Moderator: Katia Karousakis, OECD Biodiversity, Land Use and Ecosystems (BLUE) programme


Further reading 

A Comprehensive Overview of Global Biodiversity

Brochure: Tracking Economic Instruments and Finance
for Biodiveristy 2020

Moving Mountains: Unlocking Private Capital for Biodiversity
and Ecosystems


The Biodiversity Finance Initiative:
BIOFIN Workbook 2018