The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) helps islands conserve and sustainably utilize their natural resources within their island homes.
IUCN, along with 20 other states and territories and a host of other international agencies, has partnered with GLISPA. Together they are engaged in high level commitments and on the ground action for island conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
Meeting at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Bonn, GLISPA is recognized by the CBD as a partnership to advance the implementation of the CBD 2010 biodiversity target, to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss, and the programmes of work on island biodiversity and protected areas.
Since it was first called for in Mauritius (January 2005) and launched at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Brazil (March 2006), GLISPA has grown rapidly as an informal network.
Friday’s meeting in Bonn saw some 100 delegates come together to share the warm and friendly island passion for conservation.
One of those friendly islanders was IUCN’s Neville Ash.
He explains why islands are special