Montreal/Vienna: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a multilateral treaty of 196 parties, almost all countries are signatories. The Convention has three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity (or biodiversity); the sustainable use of its components; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources. Its objective is to develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, and it is often seen as the key document regarding sustainable development. Knowledge Management is one of the pillars in CBD´s strategy. K4DP and the CBD Secretariat, hosted by UNEP in Montreal/Canada, have co-created a KM4Biodiversity Initiative, with the KM4B Challenge as a main component. The KM4B Challenge has been introduced to the global community – the parties and the world public – on the occasion of COP15 on 10 December 2022 in Montreal. The participants of the side event have contributed to the successful launch with their experiences, best practices, and guiding questions. The KM4B Challenge shall start in the first quarter of 2023. The programme will start on regional level and then integrate into a global Biodiversity Knowledge Agenda. Representatives of all parties shall be trained in the initial phases to be capacitated to co-create national, regional and global KM Strategies.
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