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5-14 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

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The fourth day of the Rio Conventions Pavilion continued under the theme Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC): The Power of Local Action

IISD Reporting Services - RCP at CBD COP 13 The theme for the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) on Thursday, 8 December, was Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC): The Power of Local Action. Sessions focused on sharing knowledge and exchanging best practices involving forests, fisheries, agriculture and tourism, with emphasis on local solutions for the protection and sustainable use of biological resources. The event was organized by the UNDP’s Equator Initiative, GEF-Small Grants Programme (SGP), CBD, Conservation International (CI), Rare, The Natural Conservancy (TNC), EcoAgriculture Partners, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nippon Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

In the morning session, participants considered local action for Aichi Targets and SDGs and ways to ensure IPLC support to sustainably manage biodiversity and to engage in national and global processes. They also discussed IPLC best practices in sustainable forest management and wildlife conservation, with examples from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico.

In the afternoon, participants heard examples from Equator Initiative Prize winners from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico regarding the promotion of sustainable fishing and marine and coastal habitat conservation. Participants also considered the use of traditional knowledge to preserve bio-cultural diversity in sustainable agriculture and crop diversification, with reflections on winners’ stories vis-a-vis national and global policies for sustainable agriculture. Finally, a session examined the respect of culture and nature protection in sustainable and inclusive tourism.

In the evening, a reception was held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Equator Initiative and 25th anniversary of SGP

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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Session 1: Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities - Local Action for Aichi Targets and SDGs


L-R: Jamison Ervin, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Angela Fajardo, Management and Conservation Organization (OMYC), Mexico; René García, Environmental and Social Studies Group, Mexico; Eva Gurria, UNDP; John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment; Viviana Figueroa, CBD; Andrew Rhodes Espinoza, National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), Mexico; and Tehmina Akhtar, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Viviana Figueroa, CBD

René García, Environmental and Social Studies Group, Mexico


Tehmina Akhtar, GEF

Andrew Rhodes Espinoza, CONANP, Mexico

John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment


Participants during the session


Session 2: Sustainable Forest Management and Wildlife Conservation -
Best Practices from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities


L-R: Yesenia Alvarado, Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén, Guatemala; Ana Isabel Arroyo, Asociación de Artesanas Unidas de Los Límites, Colombia; Héctor Anguiano, Comunidad Indígena de Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico; Daniel Ancapan, Comunidad Indígena Manquemapu, Chile; Carmen Miranda, Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs) Consortium; Diego Flores, Ministry of the Environment, Chile; Bente Herstad, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD); Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Conservation International; and Eva Gurria, UNDP


Ana Isabel Arroyo, Asociación de Artesanas Unidas de Los Límites, Colombia

Héctor Anguiano, Comunidad Indígena de Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico


Diego Flores, Ministry of the Environment, Chile

Bente Herstad, NORAD

Carmen Miranda, ICCA Consortium


Session 3: Sustainable Fishing and Protection of Marine and Coastal Habitats - Learning from Local Action


L-R: Leonel Requena, GEF; Suzanne von der Porten, University of British Columbia, Canada; Gerald Singh, University of British Columbia, Canada; Handoko Adi Susanto, Rare; Lisa Pharoah, Rare; José Canto, Pescadores de Vigía Chico y Cozumel, Mexico; Rigoberto Bonilla, Comité para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca, Honduras; Oscar Pihuave, Junta de Manejo Participativo Pesquero de Puerto Cayo, Ecuador; and Jordán Solórzano, Coope Tárcoles, Costa Rica


Suzanne von der Porten, University of British Columbia, Canada

Oscar Pihuave, Junta de Manejo Participativo Pesquero de Puerto Cayo, Ecuador


Lisa Pharoah, Rare

Rigoberto Bonilla, Comité para la Defensa y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca, Honduras


Session 4: Sustainable Agriculture and Crop Diversification -
Using Traditional Knowledge to Preserve Bio-Cultural Diversity


L-R: Emile Frison, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food); Juan Bezaury, The Nature Conservancy; Joji Cariño, Forest Peoples Programme; José del Carmen Huichin, Koolel Kab/Muuch Kambal, Mexico; José Juárez, Café la Selva, Mexico; Yolanda Contreras, Asociación de Artesanas de Arbolsol y Huaca de Barro del Distrito de Mórrope, Peru; Ángela Gómez, Asociación de Productores Indígenas y Campesinos de Riosucio Caldas, Colombia


Yolanda Contreras, Asociación de Artesanas de Arbolsol y Huaca de Barro del Distrito de Mórrope, Peru

Joji Cariño, Forest Peoples Programme, the Philippines


José del Carmen Huichin, Koolel Kab/Muuch Kambal, Mexico

Ángela Gómez, Asociación de Productores Indígenas y Campesinos de Riosucio Caldas, Colombia

José Juárez, Café la Selva, Mexico


Session 5: Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism - Respecting Culture, Protecting Nature


L-R: Guido Mamani, Albergue Ecológico Chalalán, Bolivia; Galindo Parra, Federación Plurinacional de Turismo Comunitario del Ecuador; José Antonio Medina Oviedo, Red Indígena de Turismo, Mexico; Alejandra Pero, UNDP; Cristine Eghenter, World Wildlife Fund (WWF); Roman Caamal, Community Tours Sian Ka’an, Mexico; and Gonzalo Merediz, Amigos de Sian Ka'an, Mexico


Guido Mamani, Albergue Ecológico Chalalán, Bolivia

Alejandra Pero, UNDP


Galindo Parra, Federación Plurinacional de Turismo Comunitario del Ecuador

Roman Caamal, Community Tours Sian Ka’an, Mexico


Celebrating 15 years of the Equator Initiative and 25 years of the GEF Small Grants Programme


Delegates applaud the achievements of the Equator Initative and the GEF Small Grants Programme


Jamison Ervin, UNDP

Inger Holten, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway


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