Following the adoption of the CoR opinion, the rapporteur shared the text with the European Commission and with the Secretariat of the UN CBD, as well as with internationally recognised organisations in view of its participation to the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD COP14) that took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 17-29 November 2018.
He represented the CoR in high-level panel debates, and during bilateral meetings with high-level figures on international biodiversity scene. The CoR's participation at the CBD COP14 in Egypt can be therefore considered as a great success: a very high impact for the CoR in the UN CBD COP context.
Furthermore, the CoR opinion on biodiversity has become well known and appreciated by participants to the Summit. The CoR is recognized as a major actor on the subnational governmental level in the EU. During the Summit, the rapporteur received positive feedback on the CoR proposal to explicitly recognise the indispensable role of local and regional authorities in achieving a successful implementation of current and future global and European policies on biodiversity. The CoR has been recognized as major actor on the subnational governmental level in the EU, and it is now fully involved in the EU and international policy context for the post-2020 framework on biodiversity.
Currently, CoR and the European Commission are cooperating on the evaluation process of the 2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy.