California Leaders to Advance Ambitious Agenda at U.N. Convention on Biodiversity

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Newsom Administration Officials to Strengthen International Partnerships, Highlight Leadership on Biodiversity Protection, 30x30

SACRAMENTO – A delegation of California officials will highlight the state’s leadership on biodiversity protection and climate action next week at the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada.

Leaders at the California Natural Resources Agency will join state elected officials at the 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) on Biodiversity to support action for an ambitious new international agreement to protect life on earth.  

“This is a pivotal moment for countries from around the globe to take collective action to protect and restore biodiversity and stem a crisis of extinction across the planet,” California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said. “I’m proud that California leaders will be there to engage with the global community and share our message of hope and possibility.”

Secretary Crowfoot will share updates during a live report from COP 15 at 9:30 a.m. PST on Monday, December 12, via Zoom. Biodiversity champions from around the world also will participate, including biologist, explorer and filmmaker Jean Lemire. Zoom registration is at

The California delegates will also announce the state’s participation in new subnational government partnerships that will provide a platform for broader collaboration on issues such as protected area stewardship, pollution, ecosystem restoration, and the climate-biodiversity nexus.

Other highlights will include:

California Takes Action on Biodiversity

Roundtable discussion

Monday, 6 - 7:30 a.m. PST

  • CNRA Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Co-Founder of the California Global Biodiversity Working Group Rosalind Helfand and CEO of California Environmental Voters Mary Creasman will host a roundtable discussion showcasing California’s global leadership on biodiversity conservation.

Saving Los Angeles’ Cougars: California’s Inspiring Case for Wildlife Crossings and Connectivity

Interactive exhibit and press briefing

Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST (exhibit)

  • This multimedia and interactive educational exhibit will highlight California’s leadership on wildlife crossings by (1) telling the inspiring story of California’s efforts to save Southern California’s mountain lions and other imperiled species by building the world’s largest wildlife crossing and (2) making the case for additional public and private investment in wildlife crossings and connectivity as critical to coexistence and biodiversity. 

Tuesday, 9:30 - 10 a.m. PST (press briefing)

  • This press briefing will feature some of the primary state leaders and non-governmental organizations that partnered for more than a decade to build the visionary Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing near Los Angeles. The project serves as a global model for wildlife conservation

California and Quebec to discuss collaboration on biodiversity, California to engage with intergovernmental group dedicated to advancing 30x30 efforts

Event and press conference

Tuesday, 12:45 - 1:30 p.m. PST

Leaders from California and Quebec will take action to reinforce their existing collaboration on biodiversity issues. California will also announce that it is joining an intergovernmental group of more than 100 countries that champions conservation of 30 percent of the world’s lands and waters by 2030.