Looking to the Future of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas
09 September 2009 | International news release
The International Workshop will be held in
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is the key international treaty focused on sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and in promoting its sustainable use. The Convention since its signature in 1992 have adopted a number of programmes of work one of which is the Programme of Work on Protected Areras (PoWPA) which is considered one of the most influential in promoting key actions on protected areas planning, management and governance issues. POWPA is at cross road as it will be reviewed during the tenth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties (CoP X) that will take place in
“PoWPA has achieved many sucesses – said Nik Lopoukhine, Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)- however protected areas continue to face many challenges with climate change and other emerging issues as added concerns. Accordingly it is imperative that such new challenges and the implementation of POWPA are carefully assessed and on that basis propose targeted recommendations and enhancments for the consideration of the Parties of the Convention. That’s the objective of the meeting at Jeju”.
IUCN is organizing this workshop following the invitation from the CBD/COP9 (
The goal of this workshop is to review the CBD/PoWPA as to enhance its effective contribution to achieve the CBD Goals in relation to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Key objectives of the meeting are to:
Ø Assess key lessons learned on the implementation of the CBD/POWPA – successes and pitfalls
Ø Identify ways and means and practical actions required at regional, sub-regional and national levels to further enhance its scope and implementation including implementation of COP 9 decision on protected areas.
Ø Consider key emerging issues – such as those associated to climate change, and other important issues such as management effectiveness, programme element 2 of PoWPA and restoration issues - that need to be further expanded or included in the POWPA or in the COP X decision.
Ø Agree on a strategy on how to promote a renewed mandate for an enhanced CBD/POWPA to be adopted by the parties of the CBD at CBD/COP X.
This workshop provides an important opportunity for approximately 100 experts, mostly members of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, from over 50 countries, including many IUCN members to meet and come up with a perspective on the future of the POWPA. The ouctomes of this workshop will inform a further set of regional meetings leading up to into the SBSTTA14 and COP X. As such this workshop represents an important contribution from IUCN and its partners to strengthen the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
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