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COP15: The United Nations Biodiversity Conference

United Nations Biodiversity Conference
9 December 2022– 14 December 2022,
Montreal, Canada & Online

The ICMM team will be in Montreal, Canada for the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) to discuss how we can implement broad-based action to bring about a transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity and to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled. 


(Events are live and subject to change.)

Please note, all session timings are displayed in GMT (ET +5)

Friday, 9 December 2022

  • 15:0015:45 GMT  –  ICMM and Mikisew Cree First Nation: ‘A Mining and Indigenous Peoples Dialogue on a Just Transition to Nature' (invite only)

    Join ICMM's Haajarah Ahmed in an open dialogue between Indigenous Peoples and mining companies on how corporate nature positive strategies can be developed such that they are empowering to and respectful of Indigenous Peoples, traditional knowledge and local land management practices. This session will be co-hosted by ICMM and Indigenous groups and will focus on Canada as a case study.

    Key topics for discussion include the risks and opportunities of a nature positive transition for Indigenous Peoples and how trust can be built and knowledge systems shared to support nature’s recovery. This will be run as a closed session with limited places to facilitate open and inclusive conversation, please get in touch with ICMM if you would like to attend.


    GMT: 15:00 - 15:45

    ET: 10:00 - 10:45


    Place Quebec, Business Booth (COP15)

Friday, 9 December 2022

  • 19:3021:00 GMT  –  Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI): 'Nature Positive – the emerging business as usual'

    Join Director of Environment Hayley Zipp in this event co-hosted by ICMM as part of CSBI, during the business focus days at COP15.

    Is nature positive for the extractives sector a contradiction in terms or an opportunity for accelerated action? Mining and extractives have been found to account for 6% of the global pressure on biodiversity (BCG, 2021). Yet, as land and resource stewards operating in shared landscapes, the opportunity for collaboration and collective contribution could be large. What should a meaningful and credible contribution to creating a nature positive world look like?

    In this session we will hear from extractives and finance specialists on how to conserve and restore nature whilst supporting the energy transition. Some of the strategies to be discussed include: circular models, nature-based solutions, sustainable financing and landscape-scale approaches.


    GMT: 19:30 - 21:00

    ET: 14:30 - 16:00


    Action Zone, Place Quebec, Palais de Congrès, (COP15), Montreal.

Tuesday, 13 December 2022

  • 23:1500:45 GMT  –  The China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Minerals and Chemicals (CCCMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation in China’s Mining Industry'

    The China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Minerals and Chemicals (CCCMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have organised a side event at COP15 aiming to highlight the important role that industry can play in contributing to the post-2020 Biodiversity Conservation Framework through the sharing of experiences and the application of best practice, reporting on trends in achieving outcomes for nature, and by calling on industry to propose and engage in more effective solutions for biodiversity conservation.

    ICMM's Emma Marsden will deliver a keynote speech at this event.


    GMT: 23:15 - 00:45

    ET: 18:15 - 19:45


    Like-minded Mega Diverse Countries meeting room 513D (COP15 Side Event) 

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

  • 13:5514:30 GMT  –  Eurasia Group and GZERO Media: 'Time for Nature: Turning Biodiversity Risk into Opportunity: Pathways to 2030 – How do companies become nature positive?'

    CEO Rohitesh Dhawan is speaking at the high level livestream panel organised by Eurasia Group and their subsidiary GZERO Media discussing how to tackle issues related to topics addressed by Eurasia Group and Suntory’s jointly led Sustainability Leaders Council, namely the emergence of biodiversity as a key ESG theme, and the push to design nature positive pathways by 2030.


    GMT: 13:00 - 14:30

    ET: 08:00 - 09:30


    Livestream at https://gzeromedia.com/

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

  • 13:4516:00 GMT  –  The Mining Association of Canada – 'The Mining Sector’s Role in Canada’s Implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework' (invite only)

    Join ICMM’s Emma Marsden in reflecting on the stories and lessons from the mining sector’s conservation initiatives over the past decade. We will be exchanging information on the ways in which mining can contribute to the implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), discussing anticipated opportunities and challenges with respect to its implementation and considering the application of existing tools and the role of partnerships in advancing the Framework.


    GMT: 13:45 - 16:00

    ET: 08:45 - 11:00


    • Carleigh Whitman, Director, Environment, Teck Resources
    • Tracey Jeffs, Head of Environment Area of Expertise, Rio Tinto
    • Lisa McLaughlin, Vice President, Conservation Policy, NCC
    • Anna Johnston, Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law
    • Olaf Jensen, Director, Protected Areas Directorate, Canadian Wildlife Service
    • Michelle Leslie, Manager, Deloitte
    • Emma Marsden, Manager Nature, ICMM


    Deloitte: 1190 Av. des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Suite #500, Montréal