In 2011, countries in pan-Europe adopted the Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity as a regional approach to facilitating and coordinating efforts to meet the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets. The Strategy calls for activities to build capacity for the development, review, and implementation of NBSAPs, the valuation of ecosystem services and the integration of biodiversity across sectors, and to support all biodiversity-related conventions and to promote synergies between them.

The 6th Biodiversity in Europe Conference brought together representatives and stakeholders from the 55 countries in pan-Europe to discuss the implementation of the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the new Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity, and the CBD COP11 decisions. The conference took place in Batumi, Georgia, a city rich in biological diversity on the coast of the Black Sea. This tourist destination boasts a large botanical garden which dates back to the early 20th century and is situated near a Ramsar site.

Among other things, the event also served to prepare a pan-European contribution to the seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity.  Read more