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Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) at CBD COP13

5-14 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

Highlights for Friday, 9 December 2016

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IISD Reporting Services - RCP at CBD COP 13 The theme for the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) on Friday, 9 December, was Forest and Agriculture: Complementing the roles of agriculture and forestry to achieve socio-ecological and sustainable development priorities. The event was organized by the FAO, CBD Secretariat, Mexican Government, along with, as contributing organizers, Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) member organizations, GEF, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), World Bank; Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR); Bioversity; FERI (Korean Forest Service).

In the morning session, participants discussed biodiversity mainstreaming for climate smart agriculture, food security and sustainable forest management, and were briefed on highlights from the State of the World’s Forests 2016 report. Participants then considered the role of forests and forest ecosystem services as essential elements of sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation; land use frameworks for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, with perspectives from Gambia and Viet Nam.

During a lunch session participants reflected on ecological intensification and ecosystem services, and the value of agro-forestry systems to global production.

In the afternoon, participants heard about the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s new Land Connectivity Initiative and perspectives from Costa Rica and the Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund on incentives that promote landscape connectivity to contribute to broader development priorities. They then considered how to measure impacts of various aspects of sustainability and commitments to zero deforestation and sustainability standards. The last session addressed coordinated policies related to forests, biodiversity, agriculture and energy, with perspectives from Mexico, Nigeria and Cambodia, and the GEF.

FAO launched the report 'Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity into Agricultural Production Management in the Pacific Islands.'

FAO and the CBD Secretariat hosted a reception in the evening.

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 – Biodiversity mainstreaming for climate smart agriculture,
food security and sustainable forest management


Panelists during the opening session


Eva Ursula Müller, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD


Hesiquio Benítez Díaz,  Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), Mexico

Catalina Santamaria, CBD Secretariat

Rafael León Negrete, National Forest Commission (CONAFOR), Mexico


Session 1: Forests and trees - an essential element of sustainable agriculture


Terry Sunderland, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


Ulrich Apel, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Dietmar Stoian, Bioversity International


Philip Dobie, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

Hein Ngo, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)


Session 2: Land use frameworks for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity


Sarah Nelson, BirdLife International

Ousainou Touray, Department of Parks and Wildlife Management, the Gambia

Phong Bui Dang, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam



Lunch-time session: Ecological intensification and ecosystem services


L-R: Salman Hussain, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Bernardo Strassburg, Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainability (IIS); Paul Gumonye Mafabi, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda; Chikelu Mba, FAO; Stuart Chape, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); and Oliver Page, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)


Salman Hussain, UNEP

Chikelu Mba, FAO


Bernardo Strassburg, Executive Director, IIS

Paul Gumonye Mafabi, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda


The publication 'Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity into Agricultural Production and
Management in the Pacific Islands' was launched by the FAO during the session


Session 3: Use of policy instruments for landscape connectivity


Panelists during the session


Kaspar Wansleben, Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund

Marianella Feoli Peña, Fundecooperación, Costa Rica

Laura Plant, World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Session 4: Commitments to zero deforestation and sustainability standards


Participants during the session


Sarah Lake, Global Canopy Programme

Paulina Villalpando, High Conservation Value Network (HCV)


Session 5: Coordinated policies related to forests, biodiversity, agriculture and energy


L-R: Ulrich Apel, GEF; Paulina Villalpando, HCV; Chheang Dany, Forestry Administration, Cambodia; Rafael León Negrete, CONAFOR; and Cordula Epple, UNEP


Cordula Epple, UNEP

Chheang Dany, Forestry Administration, Cambodia


Around the Venue




Beetroot seeds on display


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