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IUCN events at COP14

In this section you can find the full programme of events in which IUCN will be involved during COP14

side-events Photo: IUCN

IUCN will be involved in over 30 side events during COP14. Browse the events by day

13:15
Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures: Meeting Aichi Target 11 and Informing the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework (#2711)

Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 references "systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures". This side event provides an update on the CBD's progress towards developing a definition and criteria on 'other effective area-based conservation measures' (OECMs) and on IUCN's work to develop supportive technical guidelines. It also provides national-level experiences from Canada, Colombia and South Africa. The event will be preceded by a meeting of an informal 'Friends of OECMs' group.

Red Sea - GRULAC Room
Building 1

13:15
Soft Launch of the IUCN Assessment on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation (#2725)

This side event will present the key messages from the new IUCN Assessment on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation. The field of synthetic biology is developing extremely rapidly, with multiple potential implications for food security, agriculture, trade, health and geo-engineering. Synthetic biology applications will also affect global biodiversity in unknown ways both negative and positive, bearing on many issues of central importance to the Convention on Biological Diversity. There is a pressing need for authoritative, balanced guidance that can help conservation organizations, governments, and companies to reach common ground on the associated risks and opportunities should be addressed. Recognizing this need, IUCN Members adopted Resolution WCC-2016-Res-086 calling for an assessment of the relationship between synthetic biology and conservation and an urgent assessment of gene-drive. This side event will present a first look at the key messages resulting from that assessment. Some members of the IUCN Synthetic Biology Task Force will be present and open to interacting with participants. Join us for refreshments and snacks after the event.

St. Catharine - Contact Group 2 Room
Building 2


18:15
IUCN- Celebrating 70 years of vision and impact (#2828)

IUCN is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018 and, with growing momentum to meet ambitious global goals, the wind toward sustainable development is finally at our backs. But there is no time to lose. Species are going extinct at alarming rates. Climate change is threatening communities, economies and the ecosystems on which they depend. No one government or organisation can correct humanity’s course alone.

With 70 years of experience, vision and impact, the world needs IUCN’s diverse and powerful Union more than ever.

Join IUCN's Delegation at COP14 for a celebratory moment and a dynamic exchange among IUCN Members, Commission experts, partners and friends.

Event Tent
Building 2


18:15
Taking the High Road: Building Biodiversity into our Infrastructure Future through Partnerships (#2868)

This event will explore successes and failures from around the world in how to incorporate biodiversity, ecosystem services, natural capital and climate resilience into fully sustainable infrastructure that will allow both people and the planet to survive and thrive. Speakers will underscore the importance of early and comprehensive strategic planning, enabling policies and innovative project design that help decision makers assess ecological assets, weigh options and risks, understand implications, avoid damage, and prioritize sustainability in their investments. It will also examine how this issue is playing out on global policy and collaboration platforms, such as the Global Infrastructure Forum (GIF), the infrastructure agenda of the G20, and the SDG High Level Political Forum - where decisions are influencing global systemic change.

Luxor - Asia and the Pacific Room
Building 1


18:15
Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Oil and Gas Sector: good practices for biodiversity management (#2673)

Hosted by IPIECA in collaboration with UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the IUCN This side event will provide delegates with an understanding of the realities and frontiers of good practices in managing biodiversity in the oil and gas sector. Companies and civil society partners will present and discuss: Potential biodiversity impacts and management practices in the oil and gas sector Biodiversity tools and guidance which support mainstreaming of good practice in the oil and gas sector. The side event will benefit from the inputs from key organisations that work with industry on the topic of biodiversity management. Steve Edwards from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Matt Jones from the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) will provide an external perspective on the management of biodiversity by the oil and gas industry.

Sinai - Multi-Purpose Room
Building 1

13:15
On Target! Galvanising long-term action for nature (#2743)

If we failed to conserve biodiversity until now, what makes us think we will succeed in the future? As biodiversity loss continues unabated, the conservation imperative is more urgent than ever. To secure life on Earth, we need bold, new and transformative action, underpinned by sound science and effective policy. 10 years after the adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, what can we do differently and better to accelerate action to conserve and restore biodiversity ensuring humanity’s wellbeing in the long-term? IUCN's delegates will share at this interactive side event various elements of its evolving position on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Views and perspectives will be presented including on: The linkages with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); An overarching Mission for 2030; Science-based targets including site conservation targets and sector-specific ones; and Engagement of State and non-State actors and ways to incentivize ownership and accountability of all. As regards engagement of State and non-State actors, IUCN will present highlights from ongoing work being carried out with the support of the Government on France and which looks at mapping coalitions and partnerships to increase commitments for biodiversity. Through a dynamic dialogue, IUCN will invite views from participants on the above mentioned issues.

Event Tent
Building 2


13:15
2020 UN International Year of Plant Health and progress on achieving Aichi Target 9 (#2599)

Towards 2020 UN International Year of Plant Health (IYPH 2020) and Aichi Biodiversity Targets, this side event will highlight the progresses in knowledge about the status of invasive alien species occurrences, as reported by the global registry of introduced and invasive species-http://griis.org/ which is connected from the Clearing-house Mechanism of the Convention, and new opportunities to link such knowledge with data on invasive alien species occurrences shared through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). It will also report about the progress made by Parties to place necessary measures into the national regulations. The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention will also provide information on the progress made towards the proclamation of IYPH 2020 by the UN General Assembly, importance of the IYPH 2020, and the contribution of the plant health and the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) to the biological diversity

Siwa - Business and Industry Organizations Room
Building 1


13:15
The Future We Want: Integrating biodiversity considerations into One Health Approaches (#2959)

Integrated approaches to health such as Ecohealth, One Health and Planetary Health make it possible to advance coherent cross-sectoral responses to leading development challenges – poverty, ill-health, environmental degradation, climate change, and gender inequality. Drawing on the biodiversity-inclusive One Health Guidance endorsed at the twenty first meeting of the SBSTTA, this side-event focuses on how the global community can move from concept to action at the local and national levels, and how biodiversity-inclusive approaches to health can accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and the pledge to leave no one behind. It will showcase a series of case studies, novel tools and best practices that can be replicated and implemented across scales of governance and present a new framework for evaluation developed by the Network for the Evaluation of One Health that can assist countries in monitoring and evaluating progress.

Red Sea - GRULAC Room
Building 1


13:15
Enhancing progress towards Aichi Target 11: Protected Planet® and The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas (#2962)

Parties have committed to protect at least 17% of land and freshwater and 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020, through Aichi Biodiversity Target 11. The 2018 Protected Planet® report indicates that we are close to conserving 15% of land, and 7% of the ocean. Aichi Target 11 also specifies that areas that are protected should be those that are important for biodiversity and ecosystem services, in systems of effective, equitable and ecologically connected protected and conserved areas. These other elements of the Target are not well reported. The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas is a means to address barriers to implementation of these elements. This side event will discuss implementation of the IUCN Green List in selected countries, capacity development needs, financing and investment, and delivery of Aichi Target 11. Protected Planet is a joint initiative of UN Environment and IUCN, working with governments, communities and partners, to report on progress towards global goals such as the Aichi Targets and Sustainable Development Goals

Sinai - Multi-Purpose Room
Building 1


13:15
Strengthening gender-responsive implementation - pilot exercises in South East Asia (#2941)

This side event will showcase recent pilot project work in the South East Asia region on supporting gender-responsive implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, as well as regional capacity building on gender and biodiversity issues. This event will present activities undertaken in the past year by IUCN, UNEP, GIZ, CBD Secretariat and other partners.

M6 - Marie Khan Women's Caucus Room
Building 1


18:15
Workshop on Areas of Connectivity Conservation: A New Protected Area Designation for Ecological Networks (#2788)

The IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group is currently leading global efforts to define, develop, and implement Areas of Connectivity Conservation (ACCs) as a new protected area designation to enhance ongoing and future global biodiversity frameworks. ACCs are thus intended to knit together ecological networks that sustain protected areas, save species, maintain ecosystem functions, and support human existence in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss. The proposed Workshop on Connectivity Conservation Areas is intended to increase awareness and draw together diverse constituencies to increase collaborative efforts to achieve inclusion of ACCs in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The Workshop will introduce participants to the definition and concepts of ACCs, outline the importance of the proposal for this new protected area designation, offer expert insights into cases and best-practices, and facilitate discussion and consensus-building for their establishment and application.

Siwa - Business and Industry Organizations Room
Building 1


18:15
Bridging Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15 with the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) and the World Atlas of Desertification (WAD) (#2638)

The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) has been developed over the last years by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in collaboration with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife International to mainly support the work of the CBD Secretariat and the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. This side event will present DOPA Explorer 3.0, a recently released web-based application offering an unprecedented level of information on terrestrial, coastal and marine protected areas globally.

Event Tent
Building 2

13:15
Tools to enhance synergies for biodiversity (#2797)

In the lead-up to 2020, parties to multilateral environmental agreements, their secretariats as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organization get ready to pull on one string to increase cooperation, collaboration and synergies. Among others, various web-based tools for monitoring, reporting and knowledge management have been produced for this purpose. The big questions now are what will be required in the future to optimize the usefulness of the existing tool mix? How to use the post 2020 global biodiversity framework to maximize uptake and continue the development of the tools? How can tools best support Parties in taking up the post 2020 global biodiversity framework? What are the roles of the different actors? These are questions which will be explored by a panel of decision makers and organizations. Tools presented will be the InforMEA and the data and reporting tool DART, which is currently in development. Discussions will also be informed by experiences with clearing-houses under the CBD and other web-based tools developed by IUCN and UNEP-WCMC as well as compendia of guidance on synergies results from the project ‘realizing synergies for biodiversity’ which was implemented by UN Environment/UNEP in cooperation with the Secretariat of the CBD and other biodiversity-related conventions, UNEP-WCMC, IUCN with support of the European Union and Switzerland, will feed into the discussions

M6 - Marie Khan Women's Caucus Room
Building 1


13:15
Beyond Biodiversity: Scaling up invasive species eradications on islands (#2895)

Islands are terrestrial environments with strong links to marine systems, including overlapping food webs, nutrient exchange and providing critical habitat for marine animals, such as seabirds - the most threatened of all big groups. Unfortunately islands are at the epicentre of the extinction crisis, with 75% of extinctions occurring on islands, and many of those caused by invasive species. In fact, ~86% of documented extinctions linked to invasive species, have occurred on islands. This event will bring together island Parties and Parties with islands alongside the Conservation community and innovators to:
1. Quantify how the removal of IAS from islands has contributed to, and acknowledge how there is still time for Parties to contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity targets, and increasingly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
2. Reflect on the implications of increasing the scope, scale and pace of island eradications, and the unique opportunities island restoration represents for achieving the Aichi Targets and their successors and the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as, but not limited to, improving human health and well being, food security, and biodiversity conservation with a single management action.
3. Highlight the need to catalyze new innovations to successfully implement programs including financing strategies, tools and methods employed.
4. Connect and match island Parties, Parties with islands and supporters and innovators to catalyze the next generation island restoration initiatives.

Event Tent
Building 2


13:15
Capacity building tools and practices - improving knowledge and awareness on gender and biodiversity issues (#2944

This will be an informal discussion session showcasing a variety of new tools and capacity building materials directed at improving awareness, understanding and capacity for gender-responsive implementation at national, regional and international levels. Participants are invited to come with their questions, to test their knowledge and get an overview of tools that may be put into use in their organizations and networks. Partners include GEF, GEF-SGP, UNITAR, CBD Secretariat, IFAD, IUCN and others

Al Alamein - Contact Group 5 Room
Building 2


18:15
Introducing IUCN WCPA CBD Privately Protected Areas Best Practice Guidelines: A vital contribution to Target 11 (#2667)

Privately protected areas (or PPAs for short) are areas of land or sea managed for conservation under private governance which meet the IUCN and CBD definition of a protected area.To date, the large majority of recorded protected areas have been created on state-owned lands and waters. But until recently, PPAs have remained a hidden resource; ignored by some governments, omitted from international conservation reporting mechanisms and left out of regional conservation strategies. This side event will provide an overview of the current status of PPAs worldwide. It will introduce the new IUCN WCPA and CBD Best Practice Guidance which will help parties develop policy, practice and standards for PPAs at national and regional levels. The event will consist of a panel of PPA experts providing short status and then will then open the floor to questions and discussion. The event will conclude with the official launch of the new IUCN, WCPA, CBD publication on PPAs in the Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series.

M6 - Marie Khan Women's Caucus Room
Building 1


18:15
THE ROAD AHEAD: TOYOTA AND THE IUCN RED LIST OF THREATENED SPECIES, partnering with the Government of Thailand, BirdLife and Conservation International, to achieve the Aichi Targets and the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (#2773)

This side event, jointly hosted by the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Toyota Motor Thailand (TMT), the Government of Thailand and The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species partners will showcase the importance of working with the private sector in investing in biodiversity for people and planet. We will take this as an opportunity to unveil a new look for the web-based platform for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, launch the Thailand Bio-Diversity Network Alliance platform, and convene a car key handover ceremony from TMC to Red List Partners BirdLife and Conservation International. The event will also feature species just published on The IUCN Red List, highlighting their extinction risk and the action necessary to save them.
IUCN and Toyota aim to provide greater knowledge and support at the national level to enhance species conservation action, thereby contributing to the achievement of not only Aichi Target 12 on preventing extinctions but also Aichi Target 1, on raising awareness from now, until the end of the decade and also Post 2020. Reception to follow.

El Wadi - Contact Group 6 Room
Building 1


18:15
Building Post 2020 Conservation Targets Based on What Nature Needs (#2866)

There is global recognition that we need to dramatically upscale the quality and quantity of our place-based conservation to halt biodiversity loss. What does nature need in order to persist in an increasingly crowded world? The WCPA Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force has been conducting a global dialogue to meet its mandate of 1) defining the scientific underpinnings for in-situ conservation, and 2) conducting global consultations on approaches for reaching in-situ conservation. The consultation applies to both land and sea and is being done in collaborative partnership with the Space of Nature Symposium, major NGOs, Parties and key scientists. This side event focuses on the emerging consensus around what it will really take to halt biodiversity loss and how ambitious targets might be achieved.

Red Sea - GRULAC Room
Building 1

13:15
A new alliance for biodiversity knowledge (#2573)

The side-event will communicate the outcomes of the 2nd Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC2) held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in July 2018. Speakers will outline proposals for better alignment of the many initiatives worldwide to pool data, information and knowledge on biodiversity through an inclusive alliance of research communities and infrastructures, sharing a vision to deliver interconnected biodiversity knowledge to meet the needs of Parties and wider society

Siwa - Business and Industry Organizations Room
Building 1


13:15
Cognitive Science and Behaviours for Conservation - The unexplored opportunity for CBD (#2697)

Conservation decisions today are based on our consciousness. Our brains ability to process conscious information is slow, information-driven and elaborate in its processing while the non-conscious information works more on intuition and instinct. It is this part of the brain that plays a key role in our behaviour and decision making. We need to mainstream design-thinking in conservation action. Examples such as the way stairs and escalators constructed in malls, the way bars are constructed, the manner in which community common spaces operate, all are based on design thinking that is still to be appropriately explored in designing messaging and action for conservation.
Though we have adopted increasing awareness on biological diversity as the first of our twenty global biodiversity targets, indications are that people are still not aware of this huge, renewable asset. All the studies on economic contributions of biodiversity and ecosystem services are still not finding a place in the reading list of finance and planning ministries – both in developed and developing world.
If we wish to make some progressive moves in conservation action using the triple bottom-line of cognitive science, design-thinking and behavioural economics, we need to focus on the following - how to work on using the recent developments in cognitive science and behavioural aspects of development - in shaping a new global agenda for biodiversity, Planet and people

M7 - Youth Room
Building 1


18:15
The Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) – An Innovative Mechanism to Help Countries Achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (#2701)

The Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) has been designed as a key platform to help governments and other stakeholders collaborate for more effective management of protected areas in the region. APAP was initiated in 2013 at the Asia Parks Congress in Japan and formally launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia on 18 November 2014. This side event will share the lessons learned from APAP to date and explore the role that regional protected area partnerships can play in fostering innovative PA management approaches, addressing the increasing pressures on protected areas and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity

M7 - Youth Room
Building 1


18:15
OECMs in the Blue: Challenges and Opportunities for Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation (#2750)

CBD Secretariat, Mr Joe Appiott - CBD History of OECMs 

  • How did we get to this point;
  • AT11;
  • Expert Meeting;
  • Iterations of the Definition, Criteria & Guidance.

IUCN FEG - What Are they in the Eyes of Fishers and Fisheries 

  • New classifications need to emerge from established spatial management fisheries determinations and procedures [Overlaps between spatial fisheries mgt tools and OECMs];
  • Questions of Whether this is Greening of an Economic Sector or a Recognition of Real Biodiversity Co-Benefits;
  • Questions of spatial scales –  How will issues of spatial scale matter. Why placement is more important than size – also the danger and benefit of spatial revision;
  • Questions of time – what is long term and why longevity relates to the perseverance of the conservation outcome just as much as the instrument;
  • What is the knock on effect of OECMs for MPAs in terms of connectivity and management effectiveness.

UN FAO - The next steps 

  • Expert Consultations to extend the guidance - project under development;
  • Working with developing country partners to operationalize identification of OECMs;
  • Making lodgement and data portals work;
  • Case studies to highlight real examples and potential benefits.

El Salam - Contact Group 4 Room
Building 2

13:15
Better connecting people with nature to inspire enhanced action on biodiversity conservation (#2890)

One important driver of biodiversity loss that has received relatively little attention to date is a growing societal disconnect from nature. Yet, evidence consistently demonstrates that personal experiences and connections with nature are key to creating increased support and action for conservation across generations, sectors, and societies while also contributing to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The knowledge base supporting this link between positive human-nature relationships and the nurturing of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development is rapidly growing. However, despite the importance of this knowledge, an accessible synthesis has not been completed. The #NatureForAll Evidence Synthesis Report aims to fill this gap and inform biodiversity conservation policy development and action with evidence that links experiences in nature with human attitudes and behaviours. Join lead author, Dr. Cheryl Charles, and a panel of experts to learn about this exciting area of work and its relevance to the Post-2020 Framework.

Al Alamein - Contact Group 5 Room
Building 2


13:15
Building capacity for civil society to support mainstreaming of biodiversity at local and national levels (#2911)

This side event will focus on lessons learned in capacity building and mainstreaming biodiversity at national and local levels. National Partners will present their work and tools to support mainstreaming on the ground, followed by a discussion on lessons learnt and ways forward to build on this work to support other organisations and countries.

M3 - IGOs Room
Building 1

13:15
Biodiversity and Governance: Themes and Challenges from COP14 (#2727)

Building upon the great success of the inaugural Biodiversity Law and Governance Day (BLGD) held in Cancun alongside CBD CoP13, the Secretariat of the CBD (SCBD) and the CISDL will bring Parties, UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations, academia, private sector actors and civil society together for a second Biodiversity Law and Governance Day at CBD CoP14. This day-long parallel event involve Parties, practitioners, experts, and stakeholders from all fields and disciplines in order to facilitate discussion of how law and governance mechanisms can best be used to address the main drivers of biodiversity loss, and to share national experiences on mainstreaming biodiversity into the legislation governing primary economic sectors and legislation for mainstreaming measures which cut across all sectors, such as economic valuation tools, environmental assessments which evaluate potential impacts on biodiversity as well as ecosystem services.

M7 - Youth Room
Building 1


13:15
Local biodiversity actions towards implementing the subnational Plan of Action (2011-2020) (#2917)

To support the implementation of the Convention and its Strategic Plan, ICLEI, the SCBD, and other partners, such as the IUCN, SwedeBio and the Stockholm Resilience Centre have, since 2006, initiated and implemented various programs and initiatives to act on COP decisions to improve and enhance biodiversity mainstreaming and ecosystem management at the local and subnational level. As we move towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, it is appropriate to reflect on and review progress in the implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 over the past decade. This side event will show how the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (COP 10 Decision X/22) has landed at the local level by showcasing a few cutting edge and transformative programs and projects implemented in cities and city regions across the world

M6 - Marie Khan Women's Caucus Room
Building 1


13:15
Roadmap for local and subnational mobilization towards CBD COP 15 (#2920)

Local and subnational government leaders will debate and agree on a common ambition for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and a roadmap for local and subnational mobilization towards COP15 in 2020 at the 6th Global Biodiversity Summit for Local and Subnational Governments. This side event will provide an opportunity for the co-organizers of the side event, ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center, the SCBD and nrg4SD, to present the roadmap to COP 14 participants, along with our key partners such as the IUCN, GoLS, the European Committee of the Regions and the Nature in the Urban Century Assessment (NUCA), who will also participate in this side event

Summit - Working Group II
Building 1


18:15
Developing a strategic approach to accelerate national progress towards Target 12 (#2716)

Achievement of Target 12 has proven to be particularly challenging. Despite some local successes, Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 reported that overall the conservation status of species continues to decline. This side event will present and discuss a methodology for clustering species based on the threats they face and their habitat associations. The process allows Parties to consider how they might direct action that could benefit large numbers of species. Application of the method will be demonstrated with a series of national case studies from across geographic regions. We will show that, while there are global species data available that Parties can use to conduct the analysis, the methodology can equally be applied using national data, allowing Parties to adapt the process to their national context. Following presentations, there will be an open dialogue on the utility of the approach and application at the national level.

Aswan - JUSCANZ Room
Building 1


18:15
Advancing Aichi Targets 11 and 18 through “Inclusive Conservation” and Best Practice Recognition and Respect for ICCAs Overlapped by Protected Areas (#2660)

This side-event provides an opportunity for COP14 delegates to learn about and contribute to the development of best practice guidelines by the IUCN and the ICCA Consortium on appropriately recognizing territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (abbreviated as “ICCAs – territories of life” and also referred to as “indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas”) that overlap with state-recognized protected areas. These ICCAs include entire territories as well as conserved areas such as sacred sites, community-governed and -managed commons, and protected areas established and governed by indigenous peoples and local communities. The side event will also introduce the development by the IUCN and the ICCA Consortium of best practice guidelines on this topic and the ICCA Consortium’s preliminary guidance on “inclusive conservation” and provide an opportunity to participate in these processes.

Dahab - Contact Group 3 Room
Building 2

13:15
Governance Assessment of Protected and Conserved Areas: early experience of a multi-stakeholder approach for enhancing equity and effectiveness (#2852)

Governance is key to the success of efforts to enhance effectiveness and equity of conservation in protected and conserved areas as called for in Aichi Target 11. This is why parties have resolved to promote and undertake action such as assessing governance and sharing lessons learned about effective governance models. Fully implementing the proposed “voluntary guidance on effective governance models for management of protected areas, including equity” would greatly advance governance diversity and quality. In many situations a step-wise approach can be taken, starting with actions that are relatively easy to implement. Such actions can be identified through systems- and site-level governance assessments that fully engage rights-holders and stakeholders. This side event presents early experience of site-level governance assessment using a multi-stakeholder methodology developed by IIED in cooperation with IUCN and GIZ with support from the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Partners from the Philippines and Uganda will share and discuss lessons learned from the assessments and the response in terms of actions to strengthen governance, equity and effectiveness.

M3 - IGOs Room
Building 1


13:15
CitiesWithNature - new global platform to share, connect, learn and inspire (#2918)

CitiesWithNature is a new global program for cities, city-regions and other subnational governments and their communities to engage with and enhance nature in urban and city-region landscapes. It provides an interactive platform for cities and their partners to work with a shared commitment towards a more sustainable urban world with nature. CitiesWithNature was developed out of a need by cities, building on previous international programs such as the Local Action of Biodiversity (LAB) initiative of ICLEI and IUCN, and drawing on the lessons of work done under the Cities’ Biodiversity Index and various initiatives of TNC and others. This side event will show case and demonstrate the Nature Pathway of the CitiesWithNature Registry and profile the resources that ICLEI, TNC and IUCN have shared on the platform. By following this pathway, entering at any step along the way, cities and subnational governments will embark on a journey of exploration, information sharing, inspiring and learning from each other!

M7 - Youth Room
Building 1


13:15
Targets and Delivery for Food from the Sea – Mainstreaming into the Post 2020 Framework (#2760)

CBD Mr Joe Appiott - CBD Aichi background for AT6 (& related food production AT7)

  • How did we get to this point
  • Describe AT6 (AT7)
  • CBD Publications of experiences so far and relationship with IUCN, FAO and others

IUCN FEG – Fisheries. Overview of AT6 and sectoral change over time

  • Better explanation of the target.
  • Its utility for describing the effect of fishing on biodiversity and in inspiring change in fisheries.        
  • Historical change reflected against T6. Changes since 2010 and whether or not we might meet the target.

FAO – Biodiversity Platform and the next steps

  • Measuring Change: Methodology to measure progress against these targets
  • Marine example  Marine: Project to harness CCRF Q [under development and first results];
  • Challenges and successes re-scaling reporting; data poor assessments; threatened species program of work;
  • Biodiversity Platform next steps.

Country Input: Australia, Norway examples

Red Sea - GRULAC Room
Building 1


18:15
Towards the implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in the Arab countries (#2831)

This side event will discuss the progress towards the implementation of each country’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), the principal instrument for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level. Initiatives on biodiversity conservation in the Arab region will be presented to showcase progress in the mainstreaming of biodiversity and in implementing the Aichi targets at the national level. The meeting also will address synergies between biodiversity-related conventions and provided a platform to discuss joint technical coordination among Arab countries in the region for effective participation in the 14th and 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the CBD convention. The key outputs of this event will be calls for better mainstreaming of biodiversity into the economic and industrial sectors, as well as for the development of specific indicators for measuring the progress towards achieving national targets stated within the NBSAPs. Finally, the side event will call for forming a voluntary regional taskforce to follow up on key actions and recommendations before, during and after the CBD COP14.

Red Sea - GRULAC Room
Building 1

13:15
Safeguarding space for nature, securing our future: perspectives from an international science-policy symposium on area-based conservation post-2020 (#2947)

To provide scientific evidence as part of the process for the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (SBSTTA recommendation XX/1, paragraph 8), the Zoological Society of London and National Geographic Society, in partnership with IUCN, BirdLife International, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the Secretariat of the CBD, hosted a two day public symposium in February 2018 in London, UK, on ‘Safeguarding space for nature and securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy’. At this side event, a range of experts will present and invite discussion on some of the symposium’s key messages: Quality as well as quantity is key, with a need to focus further expansion of protected and conserved areas on areas of importance for biodiversity (Key Biodiversity Areas, equivalent national priorities, Ecologically and Biologically Significant marine Areas and other priority areas determined through systematic conservation planning methods), as well as to broaden the range of governance types to include those conserved privately or by indigenous peoples and local communities, and to track outcomes.

M3 - IGOs Room
Building 1


18:15
Effective use of knowledge for developing a post-2020 global biodiversity framework (#2848)

A comprehensive and accessible evidence base for underpinning development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework is essential. In April this year, an international expert meeting held in Cambridge, United Kingdom, involving SBSTTA Bureau Members and invited experts, identified a range of key options for improving evidence uptake, use and accessibility, and ways in which the evidence base itself could be enhanced. The report of the international expert meeting (CBD/SBI/2/33) was discussed at side events by participants at SBSTTA22 and SBI2. This COP14 side event will consider further examples of the evidence types identified as being key for supporting development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Three examples of the types of evidence needed will be presented, and then the meeting will be opened up for discussion on the evidence needed. The three examples may include: the value of scenarios for the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity (SBSTTA recommendation XXI/1); the development and use of indicators throughout development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework (SBI recommendation 2/1 and 2/19); and the use of the IPBES global, regional and thematic assessments (SBSTTA recommendation 22/4).

El Salam - Contact Group 4 Room
Building 2


18:15
Tourism concession and partnerships in protected areas (#2779)

The tourism sector is recognized as the largest global market-based contributor to the financing of protected area systems in many countries. Protected areas are an essential tool for safeguarding the world’s biodiversity and preserving ecosystem services, currently at serious risk. In 2014, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) noted that, under appropriate safeguards, tourism can contribute to protected areas through partnerships and concessions. However, most countries currently underuse tourism as a means to contribute towards the financial sustainability of protected areas. The purpose of this technical networking event is to disseminate the new Arabic, French, Spanish and English versions of the CBD publication on “Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development.” The publication includes information on the fundamentals of tourism, different tourism partnerships, financing concessions, a step-by-step guide to concession processes, integrating sustainability, contract management and concession capacity requirements.

Red Sea - GRULAC Room
Building 1

13:15
Strengthening the Capacity of Environmental Health Services: Needs and opportunities to support mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services (#2790)

Achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 14 relies on strong capacity to manage risks to the health of ecosystems and people. While capacity standards for human and livestock health are well established through the World Health Organization and World Organisation for Animal Health and progress is actively being made by countries to build and monitor these capacities, capacity standards for environmental health are still lacking and most countries are yet to develop and monitor their achievements in this regard. The World Bank in partnership with EcoHealth Alliance and SCBD has developed a pilot tool for country assessment of environmental health services. The side event will present the concept, format and scope of the draft tool and share Liberia’s experience and findings in the tool’s initial ground-truth and pilot assessment process. Donor, technical organization and additional country perspectives on key capacity needs and opportunities will also be highlighted for alignment with existing tools and planning processes, such as vulnerability and risk assessment screening tools for climate and health and multisectoral national action plans for risk reduction of health emergencies and strengthening of health security, where synergies may be maximized to promote mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Aswan - JUSCANZ Room
Building 1


13:15
Advancing the Nagoya Protocol in the Caribbean Region (#2607)

The side event will highlight the progress made in the GEF/IUCN/UN Environment project on ABS in the Caribbean. It will highlight lessons learnt, the process of ratification of the Nagoya Protocol by the countries in the project, the challenges faced and the results obtained by the project. The side event will also feature the launch of the ABS website developed through the project, the ABS app that has been developed and an introduction to the species database being developed through the project.

M6 - Marie Khan Women's Caucus Room
Building 1


13:15
Capitalizing on regional cooperation for post-2020 dialogue (#2693)

The objective of the side event is to catalyze ideas on the role of regional cooperation in the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and in shaping the post 2020 regime. It aims at stimulating dialogue and demonstrating how regional cooperation platforms and mechanisms accelerate progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Centred on selected keynote presentations and panel discussion, the event will bring together inter-governmental organisations (Southern African Development Community-SADC), regional cooperation platforms (South-East European Biodiversity Task Force-BD TF), global initiatives (ValuES) and the donor community in sharing success stories and lessons learned from biodiversity partnerships, thereby enhancing knowledge for long-term biodiversity planning and its effective delivery on the ground. Participating organizations will be encouraged to share views and experiences and discuss both opportunities and challenges in streamlining biodiversity goals into sustainable development processes and maximizing their impact. The conclusions of the side event will feed into the collective body of ideas on how regional cooperation mechanisms and knowledge-based initiatives benefit the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2050 vision.

El Salam - Contact Group 4 Room
Building 2


18:15
Attributing progress and improving national reporting of Aichi Biodiversity Targets through Forest Landscape Restoration (#2781)

With new and significantly larger body of knowledge and experience from FLR assessments an updated IUCN/CBD  joint report will be launched at this side event. During the first part of this event, IUCN experts will present this updated report by sharing (1) new evidence clarifying the all-round biodiversity gains of restoring landscapes, (2) examples of how to explicitly include biodiversity information and knowledge in FLR planning and implementation (including information from CBD/SBI/2/INF/19), and (3) the potential to utilise the massive global commitments to forest landscape restoration through the Bonn Challenge to achieve many of the same objectives set by the Convention on Biological Diversity. Moreover, the audience will benefit from an overview on the linkages found between ROAM assessments and Aichi Biodiversity Targets, where specific references to national reporting and indicators will be done. In the second part of this event, there will be a panel of country delegates who will share their progress to date and expectations of integrating FLR activities identified through ROAM into the implementation of their NBSAPs and the submission of their 6th National Report. Recognizing the contributions of forest landscape restoration to biodiversity will be especially key as parties transition from the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to the post2020 Biodiversity Framework.

Siwa - Business and Industry Organizations Room
Building 1

other events Photo: IUCN

In addition to side events, IUCN is participating in a number of parallel meetings and exhibits that are held on the margins of the UN Biodiversity Conference.

Saturday, November 17
Sustainable Infrastructure

Exploring the role of sustainable infrastructure in linking major themes and targets of CBD, UNFCCC and other conventions. (The Nature Conservancy, WWF)


Sunday, November 18 (evening)
Celebrating innovation in protected and conserved area financing: Meet the winners of the inaugural Pathfinder Award

Insufficient investment of finance and other resources in protected areas are persistent challenges that impede and weaken conservation efforts and effective management of protected areas around the world. The Pathfinder Award recognises outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas, developed and implemented by individuals, organisations or groups.(with UNDP)


Wednesday, November 21
Rethinking Biodiversity Governance for Transformational Change

Consider how biodiversity governance can become transformative, and where CBD can build on its achievements. (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Sciences Po, SwedBio at Stockholm Resilience Centre)


Thursday, November 22
Protected Areas

Details soon


Friday, November 23 (morning)
Building Capacity Beyond 2020

Support implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and the long-term strategy for capacity-building which will be adopted at CBD COP15 (UN Environment)


Friday, November 23 (evening)
Learning from Local Solutions for Achieving Global Biodiversity Targets: The PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet Initiative

Introducing PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet, a multi-thematic, multi-partner initiative for learning and knowledge management, its value for CBD parties, and launching a new PANORAMA theme on “Business engagement in nature conservation (IUCN, GIZ, Rare, GRID-Arendal, UN Environment, IFOAM-Organics International)


Monday, November 26
Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change

Highlighting ecosystem-based approaches and other nature-based solutions to adapt to climate change, and discussing ways to implement the Voluntary Guidelines for the design and effective implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation (Eba) and disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR). (CBD, Friends of EbA, and other partners)


Tuesday, November 27
Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration

Forest and Ecosystem Restoration Day, on November 27, will showcase how restoration frameworks for action and forest governance models can help bend the curve on biodiversity loss. It will discuss how to achieve further coherence between global forest goals, as well as the need to strengthen partnerships in order to deliver on global climate, land management and biodiversity objectives in a concerted manner.Collaborative Partnership on Forests

The Fair on experiences and best practices in Communication, Education and Public Awareness provides an opportunity for Parties and Organizations to highlight their work and contribution to the implementation of the three objectives of the Convention.

#NatureForAll logo Photo: IUCN Photo Library November 21 - 27
#NatureForAll: Inspiring love of nature worldwide

Learn about and have fun with #NatureForAll as we explore why connecting people with nature is so important to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity now and in subsequent decades. Explore new publications, videos, a photo booth, and even a tattoo parlor! This exhibit engages participants in interactive, hands-on activities and inspires them to implement strategies in their countries, communities, and personal lives that will increase public and cross-sectoral awareness, appreciation, support, and action for biodiversity conservation


Sunday, November 25
IUCN Commissions Day at the CEPA Fair

The six IUCN commissions will highlight why public awareness and behavior change are important in achieving each of their goals. IUCN and CBD Secretariats will be invited to participate and highlight IUCN’s contributions to the Biodiversity agenda, and position the importance of the next WCC in Marseille and the CBD COP in Beijing, both taking place in 2020. The event will provide insights on the way forward in the run-up to 2020 and for the post 2020 conservation agenda. #NatureForAll and IUCN CEC will also present achievements to date in mobilizing global action for protecting biodiversity and conserving nature.

November 22 - 24
The Nature and Culture Summit is held under the auspices of the Joint Programme of Work between the Convention on Biological Diversity and UNESCO on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity (2001-2020).

The Summit will offer a great opportunity for participants from around the world to reflect on the contributions of many indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs), Parties, International Organizations, Government to the conservation of nature, ecosystems-based adaptation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It is an opportunity for the science community to share its experiences of cooperation, complementarity and coproduction with indigenous and local knowledge holders. Participants will also be able to learn more about the importance of respecting, preserving, maintaining, promoting and using traditional knowledge to address some of the global problems facing humankind.

The outcomes of the Summit will contribute to COP 14 through a statement to be presented at the Plenary with a view to raise awareness on the importance of biocultural diversity to the success of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework. The Summit will also contribute to the interactive dialogue on Living in Harmony with Nature which will be facilitated during the COP plenary.

Check the full programme

2nd Wildlife Forum

Sustainable Ocean Day

IUCN Green List Photo: IUCN November 24
The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas will be celebrated at a key event during CBD COP14 at Ras Mohammad National Park (Egypt’s first National Park). Jointly hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Egypt and IUCN, it will recognise the commitments of over 30 countries towards improving the quality of their nature conservation estate, and reward the world’s best managed nature sites for their excellence in conservation performance and equitable governance.

The event will:
1. Welcome over 30 committed countries (including Egypt) to the IUCN Green List community
2. Celebrate sites that have achieved or committed to Green List certification
3. Showcase Ras Mohammad National Park’s important natural heritage
4. Welcome new partners, supporters and investors of the Green List programme

Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Ali, an advocate of biodiversity conservation with a strong connection to the environment, will be the MC for the event. Princess Basma created the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan (a Green List candidate site) to preserve native plants and ecosystems, and promote biodiversity research and environmental learning.

REGISTER HERE (please note the registration closes on Nov 15)

booth Photo: IUCN

A calendar of exciting, informal activities and sessions has been set up, including drop-in sessions, discussions, website demos, mini-workshops and more, introducing IUCN’s work of advancing nature-based solutions for life and livelihoods.
At all times, visitors are invited to pass by the booth and engage with IUCN staff, Commission Members, Councillors and partners, browse through new publications and find out more about IUCN activities and positions at COP14.

18:15 – 19:45
IUCN's work in eastern and southern Africa

Introducing IUCN's Nature-based Solutions work in Eastern & Southern Africa

13:15 – 14:45 
PANORAMA - Solutions for a Healthy Planet drop-in session

PANORAMA Q&A, web platform demo, and more

18:15 – 19:45
IUCN's work in eastern and southern Africa

Introducing IUCN's Nature-based Solutions work in Eastern & Southern Africa

10:00 – 11:00
PANORAMA solutions clinic

Supporting COP participants in accessing the solutions case study portfolio and submitting their own solution

15:00 – 18:00
Green List drop in session

Find out more about the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas standard

10:00 – 11:00
PANORAMA: innovative solutions for protected area financing

Meet the winners of the Pathfinder Award and discuss their innovative approaches to protected and conserved area financing

13:15 – 14:45
Amazonia Vision: Integration of Amazon Biome Protected Areas

Presenting the advances of the Amazonia Vision (including a virtual exposition)

15:00 – 18:00
PANORAMA: Marine and Coastal solutions

Find out how the PANORAMA - initiative promotes success in marine and coastal conservation.

13:15 – 14:45
Green List drop-in session

Find out more about the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas standard

15:00 – 18:00
PANORAMA drop-in session: Agriculture and Biodiversity

Featuring local agriculture leaders and a live-solution-uploading session

18:15 – 19:45.
Results from Aquacross

Presenting case studies and key outcomes of this EU project.

10:00-13:00
PANORAMA drop-in session: Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Ecosystem-based Adaptation Solutions from PANORAMA -Q&A, web platform demo etc.

13:15 – 14:45
Trees on Farms

Insights into IUCN Forests partnership with ICRAF, CIFOR and others for the implementation of this project

10:00 – 11:00
PANORAMA solutions clinic

Supporting COP participants in accessing the solutions case study portfolio and submitting their own solution

11:00-12.00
PANORAMA drop-in session: Business engagement

Introducing the new "Business engagement" theme.

13:15 – 14:45
Briefing on IUCN Green List award ceremony

Sign-up, information, preparation and logistics overview for the IUCN Green List award ceremony.

15:00 – 16:00
The Green List process in North Africa, Middle East and West Asia

Outlining the GL process in the Arab region, sharing experiences and lessons learned.

16:00 - 17:00
The Francophone Green List network

Presenting the recently established Francophone GL network.

15:00 – 18:00
PANORAMA drop-in session: Ecosystem - based Adaptation

Ecosystem-based Adaptation Solutions from mountains to oceans under the initiative PANORAMA.

13:15 – 14:45
The 2018 Protected Planet Report: Q&A, web demo

Find out more about the 2018 Protected Planet Report.

11:00 - 12:00
BIOPAMA drop-in session

Q&A about BIOPAMA programme.

12:00-13:00
IBAT (Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool) Q&A

Learn more about IBAT

13:15 – 14:45
A strategic approach to species conservation

Follow up presentation and discussions from Target 12 side event

11:00-12:00
Advancing the Nagoya Protocol in the countries of the Caribbean Region

Presenting the findings and main advances.

12:00-13:00
A strategic approach to species conservation

Follow up presentation and discussions from Target 12 side event

13:15 – 14:45
Introducing Selva Maya project

Selva Maya : opportunites and challenges, for protected areas, people and culture.

10:00-13:00
PANORAMA drop-in session: Ecosystem - based Adaptation

EbA Solutions under PANORAMA.

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