CEESP and protected areas at CBD COP 10 (Nagoya, October 2010)— good news, disappointments, fresh worries... and much work ahead! by Grazia Borrini Feyerabend
The tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in the second half of October 2010 in Nagoya (Japan) reaffirmed and strengthened CEESP crucial concerns in conservation, in particular regarding governance of protected areas and the recognition and support to ICCAs and sacred sites.
The Conference discussed and approved a number of major policy documents, including an in depth review of the implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA), which will guide CBD work on protected areas for the next decade. Some agreed wordings are clear and undoubtedly positive (see below). Others still fall short of advancing meaningful change. And some last minutes alterations brought us some sincere disappointment. In all, however, the picture is encouraging even if, as usual... much work simply lies ahead.