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11th Biodiversity COP (2012)


October 8-19, 2012 Hyderabad, India hosted the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Here are key links and social web tips for those interested in the CBD’s tentpole event:
» CBD Website
» Documents
» Webcast
» Side Events
» CoP India Website

The event concluded with a financial commitment which sees developed countries double their funding from $5 billion to $10 billion US dollars.

Developed countries agreed to double their financial assistance to the developing world by 2015 and then keep it steady to 2020, the year the Aichi biodiversity targets are set to conclude.


Indigenous peoples urge action on biodiversity loss – tangata whenua

Social Web Tips
On Facebook, official posters were shared via the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group
On Facebook we have not seen an official event page. There is an event page for the Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities: Biodiversity, Tourism and the Social Web
On Flickr view pictures from http://www.flickr.com/photos/mop6
Insider news was being compiled by Bruce Potter using Evernote
Ron Mader
On Twitter we are following @BioversityInt, @IRFinDC
On IPadio, uploaded an audio clip
On Ustream, Ron uploaded video clips including conversations and behind-the-scenes tours

Convention_on_Biological_Diversity and CoP11

Elsewhere on the Web
Cities’ and Sub-national Governments’ Biodiversity Summit
CoP11 Biodiversity Summit – Times of India
Rio Conventions Pavilion at CBD COP 11
Coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 11
Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Indigenous Peoples
IIFB Closing Statement

IIFB Statement on Forest Biodiversity

IIFB Statement on Eco-Restoration

IIFB in India

IIFB Opening Statement

Translating: Nature protects if she is protected.
Spanish: La naturaleza protege si está protegida.
Swedish: Naturen skyddar om hon är skyddad.

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Pursuant to decision X/46, the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) will be held in Hyderabad, India, from October 8-19 2012.

COP 11 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high‑level segment will take place from October 17-19 2012.

This meeting will take place during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) as declared by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 65/161. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Its goal is to mainstream biodiversity at different levels. Throughout the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, governments are encouraged to develop, implement and communicate the results of national strategies for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.
CoP11: Tourism Side Events from ron mader

Side Events

October 9, 13:15 – 14:45, Room 2.01 – Level 2
Sustainable Tourism as a Means to Protect Biodiversity – CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development
(Preliminarily): Rio+20 brought “Sustainable Tourism” as Win-win option to the attention of the internaitonal community. CBD provides for CBD Guidelines ón Biodiversity and Tourismus Development since 2004. COP11 will deal with the theme under decision X/20 (cooperation). The objective of this Side Event is to present best practice examples on successfully implemented projects based on the CBD Guidelines (and its User’s Manual) in Germany and elsewhere and try to distill from there relevant aspects for further consideration including communication on multifunctionality of sustainable tourism, promotion of dialogue among key players including business and biodiversity protecting stakeholders, as well as cooperation activities between CBD and business on the one hand and enhanced cooperation and coordination among relevant UN organisation and institutions in this regard, i.a. with UNWTO, on the other.
Oct 9 - Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism: The German Experience

October 10, 13:15-14:45, Hall 1
Highlighting tourism’s contribution to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
In the context of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNWTO in collaboration with the CBD will host a side event on Tourism and Biodiversity, in which the most significant contributions of sustainable tourism to the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity within the framework of sustainable development will be highlighted. The side event will examine key inter-linkages between biodiversity and tourism, the contribution of the tourism sector to biodiversity, as well main existing innovative initiatives in the field of sustainable tourism for development. Experiences in the implementation of sustainable tourism practices, projects and tools linked with biodiversity conservation in all natural destinations, such us the findings on the application of the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development as well as from the Report on the implementation of Resolution 65/173, Promotion of ecotourism for poverty eradiation and environment protection, prepared by UNWTO, will be presented and discussed.
The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity is highly relevant to the issue of sustainable development and the outcomes of Rio+20. The inclusion of tourism in the Outcome Document of UN Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development for the first time is a clear recognition of tourism’s growing relevance and responsibility in contributing to a fairer, more sustainable and inclusive development model.
The Future We Want, Rio + 20’s outcome document, emphasizes that “tourism can make a significant contribution to the three dimensions of sustainable development, has close linkages to other sectors, and can create decent jobs and generate trade opportunities”. It also “recognizes the need to support sustainable tourism activities and relevant capacity building that promote environmental awareness, conserve and protect the environment, respect wildlife, flora, biodiversity and ecosystems and cultural diversity, and improve the welfare and livelihoods of local communities by supporting their local economies and the human and natural environment as a whole”.

13:15 Introductory Remarks
13:30 Panellists
SCBD /UNWTO representatives (Ms. Sofia Gutierrez, Sustainable Development of Tourism/UNWTO, Mr. Oliver Hillel, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity)
Ms. Monika Luxem-Fritsch,Ministry of Environment, Germany
Ms. Ji-Young Kim, Senior Deputy Director, Nature Conservation Division, Ministry of Environment, South Korea
Mr. Guilherme Passos of the Brazilian NGO SEMEIA on Tourism Concessions in Parks
Mr. Ron Mader, IUCN-Specialist Group on Tourism and Protected Areas (TAPAS)

Tourism’s Contribution to Biodiversity Conservation from ron mader

October 10
Natural Solutions: Protected Areas meeting Biodiversity Targets and adapting to Global Change
Working towards the Aichi Targets: How Protected Areas contribute
Protected Areas as Natural Solutions to Climate Change and other Global Challenges
Protected Areas for Marine Conservation, Blue Carbon and Sustainable Fisheries
Opportunities for Mainstreaming Protected Areas into Policies and Programmes

October 12, 13:15 – 14:45, Room G.06 – Ground level
Tourism Concessions and Partnerships in Parks
CBD and SEMEIA are launching a publication on tourism concessions and partnerships in parks. The side-event and publication aim to mobilize stakeholders (park agencies and relevant networks) at the global level and to develop their capacity to work with the tourism sector, from training to technical assistance.

Oct 12 - Tourism Concessions and Partnerships in Parks

October 14, 9am – 5pm, Room Contact Group III
Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities: Biodiversity, Tourism and the Social Web

The workshop will engage CoP 11 participants and colleagues around the world with new networking tools that spotlight indigenous and local community tourism services that conserve traditional culture and local biodiversity. Many of the examples are drawn from the participants in the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. Communications guru Ron Mader (founder of Planeta.com) will facilitate the workshop and guide participants through exercises and games designed to upgrade participants’ core skills using the social web. Participants are asked to bring their laptop, digital camera, smartphone or other mobile device that connects to the Web.

Oct 14 - Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities

October 17
Securing Sacred Natural Sites in National and International Policy
This event aims to bring together sacred natural sites custodians, indigenous peoples, high level policy makers, institutional representatives, conservation and civil society leaders to evaluate the options for international and national policy and practice in order to better legally recognise, safeguard and conserve Sacred Natural Sites and pilgrimage routes. Sacred Natural Sites and pilgrimage routes are being increasingly recognised as a resilient conservation network harbouring biological and cultural diversity. Their contribution to biodiversity conservation is significant but we know that legal protection and related policies are often insufficient. Cultural, spiritual and religious values are at the core of the ethics and practices of local custodians that help preserve biodiversity.

IUCN COP11 Position Papers

Rio Conventions Pavillion
Rio Conventions Pavilion is a platform for raising awareness and sharing information about the latest practices and scientific findings on the co-benefits that can be realized through implementation of the three Rio Conventions. The Pavilion is a collaborative effort between the Secretariats of the three Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility, in addition to a growing list of other global and local partners.

Moving forward from Rio+20 to Hyderabad, the Rio Conventions Pavilion will host a programme of events from 9 – 18 October 2012, addressing themes relevant to the objectives of the three Rio Conventions, including ecosystem restoration, integrated science, gender mainstreaming, livelihoods, REDD+, ecosystem-based adaptation, and poverty eradication.

More information on the programme will be posted shortly on Rio Conventions Pavilion.

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 11
Rio Conventions Pavilion at CBD COP 11
Eighth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-8) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 6)

Display tables will be made available within the meeting venue for the display of promotional materials and publications. Display tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Ron’s Notes
Let’s talk food! As a delegate I say cheers to Hyderabad and COP11 precisely because of wonderful flavors and moreso the kindness of waiters and chefs who had to answer our deluge of questions. Simply, the city me greatly. My favorite touches were the biodiversity haat (outside the food court) where representatives of small businesses with their crafts, spices and foods. This is the photo –
http://www.flickr.com/photos/planeta/8067819537 – in which I enjoyed the conference for being a mix of ‘we’re running of time folks, send in the bureaucrats!’ UN conference and natural world market of ideas. What may be commonplace to you but completely wonderful to me was seeing the variety of rice on display and promoted in such a beautiful and authentic manner. Have a listen –
– and think about how we might collaborate and share the down-to-earth story of foods and farmers, of passionate eaters who want to learn the names of those who raise and farm the food. Nor should I ignore the chefs who so deftly transition the nutrition in ways that surprise and delight. Thank you, all. You’ve woken our attention via our taste buds.

If you love local travel, India, biodiversity and food, let’s talk biryani. I may not have the best, so I would appreciate your suggestions. A question to locals, what are your favorite places for Hyderabadi biryani? What else should we eat? Many of your visitors will be back and those who did not attend the conference will have more reasons to make their journey to India. I would love to find something for Hyderabad along the lines of what I have written about Oaxaca.

Live Streaming
Livestreaming #COP 11, Final Matters

Tourism and Biodiversity
Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities: Biodiversity, Tourism and the Social Web (Poster #4) #rtyear2012 #cop2012 #cop11

The arrow points to India
Tourism Events at CoP11 #qrcode
#COP11 President

Tree Diversity Day

2012 Hyderabad Biodiversity Conference


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