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Living up to the promises of Montreal: From commitments to action

Day 1

14:30 - 15:45

The historic Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) adopted in December 2022 has significantly raised the ambition of the international community and called on companies around the world to take urgent action. This session will bring together leading companies that have made biodiversity a core part of their corporate strategy, and business that are at the start of their journey, committed to valuing both people and planet. The session will explain how the adoption of the GBF has made/is making them rethink their business models from linear ones to regenerative ones. Companies that are taking part in this panel must have taken part in the high-level event and are likely to speak on behalf of this group about their commitments and share some of their policy asks. Policy makers will also participate and share their own policy commitments and responses.

The vital role of restoring nature and rewilding for business and communities: Upcoming policies harnessing EU’s ambitions for a nature positive future

Day 1

17:45 - 19:00

This session will emphasise the crucial role of nature to achieve our global climate targets, guarantee a thriving food system, and safeguard the livelihoods of business and European citizens. As the window opportunity is narrowing, it will stress the importance of coming together, find common ground, and forge a path forward. It will aim to deconstruct the myth according to which protecting nature may happen at the expense of businesses (focusing on food or fisheries), and present virtuous relationships that exist between nature and business activity. It will also discuss the role of the EU and what policies can accelerate business action leaving no one behind.

Biodiversity and climate: Shifting the way we do finance with nature at its heart

Day 2

09:40 - 11:00

The GBF represents a clear call to align public and private financial flows with its goals and targets. This session will showcase leading investors that are contributing to the goal of the GBF to “halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030”, and discuss the wider direction of travel for the financial sector to meet both climate and nature goals. The session will aim to understand whether nature-related investments are achieving additionality beyond carbon sequestration and explore the role of regulation to promote integrity in natural capital investment and reduce the funding gap.