This year, the 16th Conference of Parties on Biological Diversity will take place in Cali, Colombia from 21st of October till the 1st of November.

COP16 is the first Biodiversity Conference since adopting the Global Biodiversity Framework, known as The Biodiversity Plan. Governments will review progress on implementing the plan and aligning their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). Key discussions will cover the monitoring framework, funding implementation, and the mechanism for fair Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) of genetic resource information.

With participants from over 190 countries, COP16 will include governments, observer organisations, indigenous communities, businesses, youth groups, civil society, academia, and the general public.

Partners for Water is hosting a Netherlands Pavilion

We are excited to open the registrations to host a session in the NL Pavilion at the CoP Biodiversity in Cali, Colombia.

The programming of the theater of the NL pavilion is coordinated by Partners for Water, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An editorial committee will evaluate your application based on the requirements outlined below.

Present your inspiring innovative idea at the COP16 Biodiversity

If you are interested in hosting a session, please know that your session should focus on the nexus of biodiversity, water, and food (or agriculture), or the connection of biodiversity with either water or food/agriculture. The presentation should cover one or more of these themes:

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity.
  • Monitoring and review of biodiversity initiatives.
  • A system approach for water-biodiversity-food.
  • The link between climate change, the water cycle, and biodiversity.
  • Biodiversity, water, and finance.
  • Including indigenous and/or local knowledge in water-related biodiversity projects.

By addressing these themes, the session will explore key intersections between biodiversity, water, and food/agriculture, promoting integrated and inclusive conservation approaches.

For further requirements and practical details about hosting a session, please visit the registration page.

How registration works

Registration is now open to host a session in the Netherlands Pavilion. Please register before 19 August, 12.00 PM NL Time. You will receive an email by the end of August indicating whether your submission has been accepted.

Register now!