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Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) at CBD COP13

5-14 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

Highlights for Monday, 12 December 2016

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The second week of the Rio Conventions Pavilion continued at CBD COP 13

IISD Reporting Services - RCP at CBD COP 13 The theme for the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) on Monday, 12 December, was Protected Areas: “Partnerships for improving natural wealth for achieving global targets and for addressing global challenges.” The session provided a forum to discuss the status of implementation of Aichi Target 11 (protected areas) and national "roadmaps" of prioriy actions; how the roadmaps contribute to achieving the Target; and helping countries in implementing their roadmap in order to achieve multiple benefits.

The EU, UNDP, Japan Biodiversity Fund, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), Governments of Germany, Republic of Korea, India, Mexico, Brazil, GEF, Birdlife International, IUCN, Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD), Red Latinoamericana de Cooperación Técnica en Parques Naturales, Áreas Protegidas, Fauna y Flora Silvestre (REDPAQUES) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) were co-organizers.

In the morning session, participants heard about progress in implementing Aichi Target 11 and national roadmaps. Session 1 showcased experiences from the Asia and Pacific region, with presentations from India, Fiji, SPREP and ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. Session 2 focused on Africa, with experiences from South Africa and Uganda, and on support from Germany and IFDD.

In the afternoon, Session 3 on Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) focused on Mexico and Brazil, and the work of REDPARQUES. Session 4 presented perspectives from Europe, including the Governments of Albania and Malta, the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) and IUCN/WCPA Global Programme, Europe. The last Session featured presentations by the GEF Secretariat, BirdLife International, UNEP/WCMC, and Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) Consortium.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary report from RCP at CBD COP 13. A summary of the Rio Conventions Pavilion events is available in HTML and PDF.

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Opening Session


L-R: Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; Stefan Leiner, European Commission, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD; Matthias Krause, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany; Neville Ash, UN Environment (UNEP); Jamison Ervin, UN Development Programme (UNDP); and Trevor Sandwith, IUCN


Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD


Stefan Leiner, European Commission

Neville Ash, UNEP

Matthias Krause, BMZ, Germany


Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat, Edjigayehu Seyoum, CBD Secretariat, and David Cooper, Deputy Executive Secretary, CBD, thank Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD, for his work in advancing Protected Areas around the world


Session 1: Asia and Pacific Region


L-R: Vinod Mathur, Wildlife Institute of India; Eleni Tokaduadua, Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Fiji; Stuart Chape, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); Roberto Oliva, Executive Director, Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB); and Ignacio March, National Commission for Natural Protected Areas, Mexico


Ignacio March, National Commission for Natural Protected Areas, Mexico

Vinod Mathur, Wildlife Institute of India


Eleni Tokaduadua, Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Fiji

Stuart Chape, SPREP


Session 2: Africa Region


View of the panel during the session


Aggret Rwetsiba, Uganda Wildlife Authority

Thanduxolo Mkefe, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa


Participants in the session engage with the panel


Session 3: Latin America and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


View of the panel during the session


Jamison Ervin, UNDP

Ugo Vercillo, Chico Mendes Institute, Brazil

Cláudio Maretti, IUCN


Participants during the session


Session 4: Europe



Marie Therese Gambin, Environment and Planning Authority, Malta

Klodiana Marika, Ministry of Environment, Albania

Grégoire Dubois, EU Joint Research Centre (JRC)


Session 5: Presentation by Other Partners


Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, ICCA Consortium


Pepe Clarke, BirdLife International

Naomi Kingston, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

Trevor Sandwith, IUCN


Mark Zimsky, GEF Secretariat


Launch of the 'Protected Planet' Report


Partners of the 'Protected Planet' report and participants in the session join hands in support for the implementation of the National Priority Actions on Protected Areas for achieving multiple benefits


Around the Venue





Specific funding for coverage of RCP at CBD COP 13 has been provided by the European Union (EU)
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