First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group 
on Protected Areas 

13- 17 June 2005, Montecatini, Italy




 Earth Negotiations Bulletin - ENB





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Highlights for Thursday 16, June 2005

Delegates to the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (PAs) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened in two sub-working group sessions. Sub-Working Group I (SWG-I) considered conference room papers (CRPs) on: toolkits for systems of protected areas (PAs); an inter-sessional expert meeting on ecological criteria for the identification of areas for protection in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction; and options for cooperation for the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) beyond national jurisdiction. Sub-Working Group II (SWG-II) addressed CRPs on options for mobilizing financial resources, and the process for the review of implementation of the work programme. 

Above photo L-R: Rolf Hogan (WWF International), Tove Maria Ryding (Denmark) and Sheldon Cohen (Nature Conservancy) discussing CRP text on financing options in SWG-II.







Above photos L-R: The dais of SWG-I with David Coates (CBD), SWG-I Chair Karen Brown, and Marjo Vierros (CBD); SWG-I Chair Brown






On the chapeau text, CANADA requested that recommendations be addressed to the COP.

Above photo: Jim Johnston (Canada)

On gaps in existing toolkits, INDIA added human-wildlife interface, governance and participation, and community conserved areas.

Above photo: Jagdish Kishawan (India)

UNESCO suggested adding integration of protected areas into the broader land- and seascape and sectors. 

Above photo: Steven Ripley (World Heritage Center) and Jane Robertson (UNESCO/MAB)



HIGH SEAS PROTECTED AREAS: Expert meeting on criteria:



ARGENTINA proposed and delegates agreed to delete language on potential use of the criteria by regional and international bodies.

Above photo: Maria Teresa Kralikas and Frida Armas Pfirter (Argentina)

On the scope, NEW ZEALAND, supported by others, proposed that the criteria could be used as part of a process to identify potential sites. 

Above photo: Sarah Wynn-Williams (New Zealand)

Requesting further time for consideration, NORWAY said it is not ready to give CBD a role with regard to high seas. Noting that the proposal should be addressed by either the second meeting of the Working Group or by COP-8.

Above photo: Tone Solhaug and Asbjørn Solås (Norway)









Above photos L-R: SWG-II Chair Orlando Santos (Cuba). The dais of SWG-II with Robert Höft (CBD) Sarat Babu Gidda (CBD), and SWG-II Chair Orlando Santos (Cuba) 





Delegates addressed a CRP containing recommendations on review of implementation of the work programme.






GREENPEACE, supported by many, suggested a consultation process involving indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders on reporting on work programme implementation.

Above photo: Martin Kaiser (Greenpeace)

On development of an evaluation matrix, delegates debated whether such a matrix, as contained in an annex to the CRP, should be finalized at present or future meetings. CANADA expressed concern over its use and requested more time for consideration.

Above photo L-R: Ole Hendrickson, Andrew Horst and Marc Johnson (Canada)





Delegates considered a revised CRP on options to mobilize funding. AUSTRALIA cautioned against bypassing the COP in the decision-making process.

Above photo: Andrew Brooke (Australia)

AUSTRALIA suggested chapeau language stating the Working Group “invites Parties and the COP, as appropriate,” and opposed a proposal by the EU to extend this language to the whole document. 

Above photo L-R Els Martens (Belgium), Stefan Leiner (European Community) and Peter Bos (the Netherlands on behalf of the EU).









SIDE EVENT: High Level Side Event on Biodiversity, Protected Areas and the Recent Tsunami Disaster.

The side event  focused on the various functions of Protected Areas in biodiversity conservation and natural disaster mitigation.

Above photos L-R: The panel during the side event on Biodiversity, Protected Areas and the Recent Tsunami Disaster; Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary, Roberto Tortoli, Vice Minister for the Environment and Territory, Italy, Peter Bridgewater, Executive Secretary, The Ramsar Convention, Stefano Tinti, Professor of Geophysics, University of Bologna, and Kitti Limskul, Vice Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister, Thailand.

Comune di Montecatini Terme presents: David Helfgott in concert 






































This service was prepared in cooperation with the CBD Secretariat