Thursday, 13 November 2014

Fwd: biodiversity-l digest: November 12, 2014

BIODIVERSITY-L Digest for Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

1. IUCN - Protecting the Planet Newsletter: A new decade begins today with WPC
2. PA Governance at WPC - 14 November 2014, 11:00-13:30 pm, Hall 4A2
3. Towards global voluntary standards: questioning their effectiveness in reaching conservation goals
4. IDDRI @ IUCN World Park Congress - Saturday, 15 November at 3:30pm, Hall 4B1
5. GEF side events at the IUCN World Parks Congress
6. Biodiversity Update - 12 November 2014 - Biodiversity Policy & Practice

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Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:09:50 +0000
Subject: IUCN - Protecting the Planet Newsletter: A new decade begins today with WPC





Protecting the Planet Newsletter: Inspiring conservation success 




12 NOVEMBER 2014





Excitement is running high among the Congress delegates, IUCN staff and Australian organizers as we eagerly await this evening's opening ceremony. The next eight days will be packed with opportunities to learn, share ideas, and think of new ways to value and conserve the world's protected areas. If you're attending, do come and say hello if you spot GPAP or World Heritage staff! Sorry you couldn't come? We'll miss you too, but you can still follow the Congress highlights and participate remotely. Here's how to:





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Follow news and updates from the streams and themes on the WPC website, and get your tweets seen on these pages using the hashtags below:
Stream 1 - Reaching Conservation Goals: #WPCConservation
Stream 2 - Responding to Climate Change: #WPCClimate
Stream 3 - Improving Health and Well-Being: #WPCHealth
Stream 4 - Supporting Human Life: #WPCHuman
Stream 5 - Reconciling Development Challenges: #WPCDevelopment
Stream 6 - Enhancing the Diversity and Quality of Governance: #WPCGovernance
Stream 7 - Respecting Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge and Culture: #WPCCulture
Stream 8 - Inspiring a New Generation: #WPCNewGen #NoWallsOutHere
Cross-cutting Theme 1 - Marine: #WPCMarine
Cross-cutting Theme 2 - World Heritage: #WPCHeritage
Cross-cutting Theme 3 - Capacity Development: #WPCCapacity
Cross-cutting Theme 4 - New Social Compact: #WPCSocial

Have your say on the Congress's high level debates!

  • The Future Is Not What It Used To Be – how parks can help build a more resilient future: #WLDFuture
  • Ante Up – money matters and the value of parks: #WLDAnteUp
  • Stand Up for Your Rights – parks and social equity: #WLDRights
  • Food for Thought – feeding nine billion within our planetary boundaries: #WLDFood
  • Health, Naturally – managing healthy parks for healthy people: #WLDHealth
  • The Nature of Crime – the extent and impact of illegal wildlife trade: #WLDCrime
  • A Balancing Act – how global appetite for mineral resources defines the fate of protected areas: #WLDBalance

Be part of WPC's inspiring solution!
Parks: #WPCParks
People: #WPCPeople
Planet: #WPCPlanet

Leave your mark on WPC's legacy!
What's YOUR Promise of Sydney?  #MyWPCPromise
PlanetFest: #WPCPlanetFest
Saved photo competition: #WPCSaved
Public Service Announcements promotion: #WorldParksCongress and #imagine

We wish you a wonderful, once-in-a-decade IUCN World Parks Congress!

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From: Tobias Dierks <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:58:15 -0600
Subject: PA Governance at WPC - 14 November 2014, 11:00-13:30 pm, Hall 4A2
Subject matter: PA Governance at WPC

Dear friends of biodiversity,

GIZ together with the ICCA Consortium, IUCN, UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and the CBD Secretariat are happy to welcome you in Sydney to a rich and diverse programme of the Stream:

Enhancing Diversity and Quality of Governance (

Whether you're looking for ideas on how to achieve Aichi 11 or for inspiring solutions for good governance in PAs of all governance types, whether you want to discuss the role of rights or look beyond boundaries into governance of the land- and seascape, you'll find it all in the Governance Stream.

Join us and the Executive Secretary of the CBD, Dr. Braulio de Souza Dias, in the stream opening on Friday, 14 November, from 11:00 am to 13:30 pm in Hall 4A2:
 "Governance for the Conservation of Nature" and "Celebrating Governance" – these two consecutive events offer keys to understand governance of protected areas and invite you to find out which countries and peoples have been leading the way in improving governance for the conservation of nature.

A special World Parks Congress publication "A Primer on governance for protected and conserved areas"  will be launched in Sydney. It is available in English, French and Spanish (

Please note that also the IUCN Guidelines "Governance of Protected Areas: From Understanding to Action" are now also available in French and Spanish.

For more information on publications and activities of the Governance Stream, see the Stream website (


Follow us on twitter: @wpcgovernance

And Facebook:

Best regards,

Barbara Lang (on behalf of the co-leaders of the Stream)

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From: denis <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:35:54 -0600
Subject: Towards global voluntary standards: questioning their effectiveness in reaching conservation goals
Global voluntary agreements in agriculture have emerged as pragmatic means to tackle rainforest destruction, conserve biodiversity, and ultimately contribute to climate change mitigation/ adaptation. This study questions how really effective they are by analyzing one of them, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
The study is now available in the November edition of Ecological Economics (2014), pp. 438-446.
The link access is free until November 15, 2014
Authors: Dr. Denis Ruysschaert and Dr. Denis Salles

In summary, the study found five shortcomings: financial compensation too small, too much room for interpretation in the guidance document, postponement on contentious issues, non-integration of RSPO within the socio-politico-legal Indonesian context and finally the lack of effective external control system.
As these shortcomings complement each other, the effectiveness of the scheme is dramatically reduced for rainforest conservation, and almost zero for species such as Sumatran orangutan that needs large forested areas. Rainforest conservation will require oil palm sector reform. This would include reincorporating the state into the scheme and changing the approach supporting local development in a sound socio-ecological regional planning.
Covering a period of seven years, the study analyses the RSPO's work in the context of the acute conflict resulting from Sumatran orangutan habitat conversion to oil palm plantations.

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From: Claudio Chiarolla <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:59:19 -0600
Subject: IDDRI @ IUCN World Park Congress - Saturday, 15 November at 3:30pm, Hall 4B1
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am very delighted to extend IDDRI's invitation to our Policy Dialogue on "The role of traditional management systems in achieving national and international policy goals and targets"

The Dialogue will be held in Sydney during the IUCN World Park Congress on Saturday, 15 November 2014, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, Hall 4B1.

Organised by:  The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in partnership with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Facilitator: Claudio Chiarolla, IDDRI



Challenges of co-management of protected areas overlapping with indigenous lands in Brazil
Iara Vasco Ferreira, Environmental analyst, Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity, Conservation

Developing a Sustainable Future for Biocultural Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation: the contribution of traditional management practices of Indigenous Australians
Natalie P. Stoianoff, Director, Intellectual Property Program & Chair, Indigenous Knowledge Forum, University of Technology, Sydney

The IPBCCA Local Assessments: Building evidence to support the development of participatory and sustainable policies and strategies for climate change adaption and mitigation
Alejandro Argumedo, Director, Asociación ANDES, Peru

Lessons learned from the Seed Park in Stone Village, Yunnan, China
Yiching Song, Senior Researcher, Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Science

Discussant: Wend Wendland, Director, Traditional Knowledge Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

The full agenda of the Dialogue, abstracts, as well as IDDRI's other interventions at the WPC are available at:

Please do feel free to forward this invitation within your networks.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon in Sydney at the IUCN World Park Congress!

Best regards,

Claudio Chiarolla, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, International Governance of Biodiversity
Chargé d'études, Gouvernance de la Biodiversité
Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (Iddri)

Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Biodiversity Policies at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) Sciences Po Paris
Scientific Coordinator of the Conference "Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: How can they be protected?" Organised by IDDRI, FEH; Host: BNF, 7 June 2013
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Recent book: Intellectual Property, Agriculture and Global Food Security: The Privatisation of Crop Diversity, Cheltenham, UK • Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar (2011).
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From: Christian Hofer <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:11:41 +0000
Subject: GEF side events at the IUCN World Parks Congress

IUCN World Parks Congress - GEF Side Events


GEF's New Direction: Protected Areas and Beyond



14 November 2014


Clydesdale Room


This side event will provide an opportunity for the Global Environment Facility (GEF)'s CEO, Dr. Naoko Ishii to share her vision and the GEF's new direction under the GEF 2020 Strategy, a long term vision of the GEF, in addressing key drivers of environmental degradation through integrated, innovative, and scaled up approaches.  This includes support for immediate actions to address conservation needs and strengthening management of protected area systems in the developing countries and countries in economic transition.  


This event will be joined by distinguished global leaders: they will share their views on the challenges and approaches in addressing the drivers of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss; roles of GEF and other partners; and how they could work together and strengthen partnership in addressing these issues.  This will be an interactive and dynamic session that will provoke discussion and provide important inputs to the outcome of the World Park Congress.  





12:15 - 12:20 Welcome Remark and Introduction of Speakers

     Dr. Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs, GEF (Facilitator)


12:20 - 12:35   GEF's New Direction: Protected Areas and Beyond

     Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF


12:35 - 12:45   Innovation to Ensure Sustainable Management of Protected Areas 

     Greg Carr, President, Carr Foundation and Gorongosa Restoration Project


12:45 - 12:55   Providing Solutions: Experience from the Developing Country

     President or Minister, Bhutan or South Africa (tbd)


12:55 –13:10   Protected Areas and Sustainable Development

     Dr. Inger Anderson, Vice President, The World Bank


13:10 - 13:40   Discussion


13:40 - 13:45   Closing remark by speakers/facilitator



GEF Fostering Sustainable Coastal Fisheries - Hall 3 Pod North, 17 November, 12h15-13h15

Since its inception, the GEF has acted as a catalyst to demonstrate and scale up effective strategies to address fisheries challenges, including establishment and improving management effectiveness of marine protected areas. So far, the GEF has worked across nations to protect twenty-one Large Marine Ecosystems, promoting ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries.

In the next four years, in addition to the multi-country LME approach, the GEF will pilot an initiative on coastal fisheries. This initiative will support developing countries and multiple actors to shift toward an integrated, inclusive and sustainable approach to fisheries, which will contribute in a significant way to global environmental efforts to restore ocean health.

To develop this Coastal Fisheries Initiative, the GEF will engage in a consultative process. Accordingly, partners and experts from governments, the private sector, CSOs and NGOs are invited to the side-event.


GEF Sustainable Financing for Protected Area Systems


18 November 2014


Venue: Jamison Room



This side event will provide an overview of GEF's investment to ensure sustainable financing of protected area systems worldwide and highlight projects that demonstrate the successful application of financing mechanisms including conservation trust funds, payment for ecosystem services, offsets, and various other means for generating revenues. 





17:30 - 17:45   Welcome & Overview of GEF investment on Sustainable Financing for Protected Area Systems

     Ms. Yoko Watanabe, Program Manager/Senior Biodiversity Specialist, GEF


17:45 – 18:00  GEF Investment on Conservation Trust Funds

     Ms. Charlotte Gobin, Program Manager/Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF


18:00 - 18:10   Conservation Trust Fund and Beyond: Case of FUNBIO, Brazil

     Rosa Lemos de Sa, CEO, FUNBIO 


18:10 - 18:20   Diversifying Revenue Sources for Sustainable Financing Protected Area Systems: Case from Malaysia

     Mr Muthusamy Suppiah, National Technical Advisor, GEF Protected Areas Financing Project, Malaysia


18:20 - 18:55   Q&A Session


18:55 - 19:00   Closing remark






Christian Hofer

Senior Communications Officer

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Washington, DC, USA

+1 202 413 41 85


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Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:05:33 -0600
Subject: Biodiversity Update - 12 November 2014 - Biodiversity Policy & Practice
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A compilation of items recently posted to the Biodiversity Policy & Practice knowledgebase of international activities on biodiversity
Latest News - 12 November 2014
Sixth IUCN World Parks Congress Opens
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12_November 2014: The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) opened on 12 November, in Sydney, Australia, with a ceremony that transitioned the role of Congress host from South Africa to Australia. The eight-day event is expected to attract 5,000 participants from more than 160 countries, and culminate in the 'Promise of Sydney Vision,' a document highlighting the importance of protected areas (PAs), listing promises made during the WPC, and proposing steps for its fulfillment. continued...
CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework
Read More: CGIAR Launches Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework
11_November 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has launched the Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) Framework for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to improve human well-being and food and livelihood security in agricultural landscapes. continued...
APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management
Read More: APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management
10_November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues. continued...
UNEP, League of Arab States Cooperating on Environment
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10_November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 51st Meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE). The MoU provides the basis for enhanced cooperation and coordination on a range of programmes and activities related to biodiversity, climate change, environmental governance, the green economy, post conflict assessments and recovery, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and water resources. continued...
Global EcoHack Will Include World Parks Congress Event
Read More: Global EcoHack Will Include World Parks Congress Event
10_November 2014: Participants at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, will have the opportunity to take part in an EcoHack World event, which will bring together designers, hackers and scientists to create visualizations and build tools that aim to foster environmental protection and understanding. continued...
Biodiversity Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
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GEO-XI Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 13 Nov - 14 Nov
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Africa Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt 21 Nov - 22 Nov
INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Meetings Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France 24 Nov - 28 Nov
Eighth Session of the ITWG on AnGR of the CGRFA Rome, Lazio, Italy 26 Nov - 28 Nov
Second Session of the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on ABS (TTLE ABS-2) of the CGRFA Rome, Lazio, Italy 27 Nov - 29 Nov
Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Biosafety Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados 1 Dec - 5 Dec
UNFCCC COP 20 Lima, Peru 1 Dec - 12 Dec
Arctic Biodiversity Congress Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway 2 Dec - 4 Dec
CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats Baltimore, MD, US 2 Dec - 4 Dec
Global Soil Biodiversity Conference Dijon, Bourgogne, France 2 Dec - 5 Dec
WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 3 Dec - 5 Dec
Global Landscapes Forum Lima, Peru 6 Dec - 7 Dec
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