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Termin: 20.06.2016 Uhrzeit: 18:15 - 19:45 ( Montag )

The Role of Science in Making the Sustainable Development Goals a Success (e.g. The Work of the South African National Biodiversity Institute) Abgesagt

Reihe: Global Solutions
Referent/in: Tanya Abrahamse (South Africa)

2015 was a momentous year for global agreements – the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Agreement in Japan, the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, the adoption of 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals in New York, and finally the first truly global Climate Agreement in Paris. In all these Agreements, science has been asked to play a key role in terms of identifying solutions, monitoring progress and achieving success. The Climate agreement in particular showed a marked shift from reliance on political considerations to a focus on evidence based inputs to make reasoned decisions.

It is crucial that Science in all its various forms of research and inquiry, data (collection, collation and dissemination), innovation, statistics and analysis and modelling, is delivered much more efficiently and effectively than before. Moreover, it is important that the links between scientific endeavour, practical implementation, development goals and human wellbeing are made much more clearly and compellingly.

Many of the 17 SDGs (and so also our climate change and disaster risk reduction ambitions) are reliant on functioning resilient biodiversity and ecosystems. South Africa has the third highest biodiversity in the world, and Africa as a whole has very high, in many cases as yet unexploited and unspoilt biodiversity and ecosystems. We rely on the services provided by our natural environment for food security, water and shelter etc. But pressure is increasing as our population grows, with increased urbanisation and industrialisation, and Climate change is already having a marked impact.

SANBI has been collecting foundational biodiversity data (species and ecosystems) of our country for over a 100 years and converting this data into tools for decision making. We have been engaging with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) delivering biodiversity data from our country into the global system. And for some years now we have been working intensely with our colleagues on the African continent, sharing experiences and working collaboratively to bring good evidence based biodiversity data to assist in better development decision making at global and national levels.

Empowering scientists, institutions and citizens with accessible, fit for purpose knowledge and information, and building our Continent's human capabilities in this field will help us achieve the 'Future we want'.



  • Tanya Abrahamse (South Africa)
    CEO, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa  




Moderation: Jasmin Fischer, GA Bonn


Tanya AbrahamseDr. Tanya Abrahamse has for over 20 years played an acknowledged leadership role and reference point in key areas of South Africa’s socio-economic and political development - prior, during and after South Africa’s transition to democracy. Originally a natural scientist by training, she has been a policy and strategic leader in South Africa in the areas of development, tourism and biodiversity.

She is currently CEO of the SA National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), which sets the biodiversity agenda for the country, has managed to successfully raise the profile of the sector and its centrality to SA’s social and economic goals. She also sits on the UN Secretary General’s Inaugural Science Advisory Board which aims to bring science to bear on global sustainable development.

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