Taking place in three parts, the programme aims to transform visions into partnerships and concrete solutions, to showcase innovative technologies and to attract investment.


Focus Areas Explored at World Biodiversity Summit 2021

Finance & Investments in Nature

Natural Capital as a new Asset Class

Regenerative Agriculture & Ecosystems

Resilient Food Systems & Food Security

Sustainable Forestry & Restorative Land Managemet

Biodiversity & Pandemics

The Blue Economy

The World Biodiversity Summit’s programme agenda is designed to help transform visions into resilient partnerships and concrete solutions, to showcase innovative technologies and to attract investment in these areas. Organisations will be able to “future-proof” their supply chains and bottom lines while championing biodiversity and scaling up natural capital-oriented investment opportunities. The three events are strategically placed as a forum for business and investment-driven solutions in parallel to the NY Climate week, the  COP15 in Kunming (Biodiversity) and COP26 in Glasgow (Climate).


The World Biodiversity Summit programme is structured to explore leading approaches for supporting biodiversity through cross-sectoral means while highlighting compelling solutions. The engaging format combines insightful keynotes, panel discussions and interactive networking sessions with a focus on defining opportunities and commitments for supporting biodiversity through business, investment and cross-sector collaboration.


Programme Part 1
Note: Session titles and timings are subject to change
  - Side event to New York Climate Week, September, 23 2021

Time zone (GMT-4)


NY Climate Week Panel Event (digital) 
Nature-Based Solutions, Finance and Regenerative Agriculture: How Can We Stimulate Resilient Food Production and Security?

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“Climate change will ultimately be solved by action on the ground; on the land where forests thrive, in the neighbourhoods where energy is generated, and in the soil where our food is grown.”

Justin Winters

Co-Founder & Executive Director, One Earth


Programme Part 2 
Note: Session titles and timings are subject to change
- Side event to COP15 - Kunming, China, October 14 2021

Time zone (GMT+8)

15:00 - 15:15

Welcoming remarks

Climate Action for Biodiversity - Building a Bridge between COPs

15:15 - 15:20

Keynote - TBD

Focusing on Biodiversity  and Prevention of Future Pandemics

15:20 - 16:10

Session 1
The Blue Planet - Investments and Solutions for Resilient and Healthy Fresh and Sea Water

16:10 - 17:00

Session 2

Investing in Sustainable Forests Management - Solving The Climate & Biodiversity Crisis, One Tree at a Time

17:00 - 18:00

Session 3

Regenerative Agriculture & Food Security - How Can We Catalyse Capital into Innovative Solutions?

18:00 - 18:30

Closing Remarks by Partners

Actionable Leadership for Nature -Supporting Ecosystem Resilience and Climate Goals (through Nature-Based Solutions)

16:30 - 16:35

Networking Break

18:30 - 19:00

Cocktail Reception & Networking

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“Mitigating climate change and halting the loss of biodiversity are two critical issues that are deeply interconnected. Many of the drivers, challenges and solutions are one and the same, and they must be addressed together.
By creating a bridge between COP15 and COP26, the World Biodiversity Summit will play an important role in ensuring that the conversations, outcomes and commitments that come out of these meetings are aligned, and move the system towards the transformative change that’s needed to halt warming at 1.5°C and reverse the degradation of the natural world.”  


Mark Gough, CEO, Capitals Coalition 

Programme Part 3
Note: Session titles and timings are subject to change
Side event to COP26 - Glasgow, UK, November 10, 2021


Time zone (GMT +1)

09:00 - 09:15

Welcoming remarks

Biodiversity and Climate Change - the Necessary Link


Opening Session 

Rebuilding Better - Raising Ambitions & Mobilising Finance for Nature

10:00 - 11:00

Session 1

Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture at the Center of Development Strategies - Challenges and Opportunities  

11:00 - 12:30

Networking Break

12:30 - 13:30

Session 2

Policy, Technology & Finance -  Creating Partnerships for Resilient Food Systems

13:30 - 14:30

Session 3

Overcoming Barriers & Growing Investment Opportunities in Restorative Land & Forestry Management


Session 4

Life Below Water - Harnessing The Blue Economy through Investment & Innovation

15:30 - 16:00

Closing Remarks by Partners

Natural Capital as an Asset Class - Mitigating Climate Change by Protecting Nature

Cocktail Reception & Networking

16:00 - 19:00