Welcome to COP 10

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This page enables delegates and partners to share information electronically as part of an effort to minimize COP 10's environmental impact. The content of the material presented here belongs to the associated organizations and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.


  • Netherlands
    A recently published report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) on the opportunities for mainstreaming Ecosystem Goods and Services (EGS) in International Policies.

    Prospects for Mainstreaming Ecosystem Goods and Services in International Policies
    Written by: Kok, M.T.J. ; Tyler, S.R. ; Prins, A.G. ; Pinter, L. ; Baumuller, H. ; Bernstein , J. ; Tsioumani, E. ; Venema, H.D. ; Grosshans, R.
    PBL/IISD, 2010

    Degradation of ecosystems worldwide threatens local and regional supplies of food, forest products and fresh water, and also biodiversity. Although most decisions that directly affect ecosystem management are made locally, these decisions are influenced by national and international policies. This study shows how local delivery of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) is closely linked to international policies on development cooperation, trade, climate change and reform of international financial institutions. Integrating or mainstreaming EGS considerations into these policies provides significant opportunities for reducing poverty while simultaneously improving the quality of local EGS. Furthermore, mainstreaming EGS in international policies can contribute significantly to achieving policy objectives on biodiversity and sustainable management of natural resources. However, mainstreaming EGS requires careful consideration because many of the opportunities identified can reduce poverty, but may have the opposite effect if poorly managed or implemented. A major challenge is, therefore, to ensure consistent policies across scales and policy domains based on analysis of the local situation. In order to support poverty Tools to mainstream EGS into non-environmental policy domains are available but there are few examples of their systematic application.

    For more information contact: marcel.kok@pbl.nl

  • Japan
    Side Event on "East and Southeast Asia Biodiversity Information Initiative (ESABII)"

    East and Southeast Asia is one of the richest biological diversity areas on the earth. However, information and knowledge on biodiversity in this region are still limited. ESABII was launched by 14 countries in this region and relevant organizations to achieve goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity(CBD) thorough development of biodiversity information and taxonomic capacity building. This side event will be a unique opportunity to widely introduce goals and activities of ESABII to the participants of the CBD COP10.

    Organizer : Ministry of the Environment, Japan
    Date : 22 October 2010
    Venue : Room 212A, Building 2, 1st Floor, Nagoya Congress Center

  • United Kingdom
    During the CBD COP10, the UK´s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will launch the publication EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED: CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIODIVERSITY IN A FRAGILE WORLD.

    The publication covers three related questions: How a stable climate and a productive biosphere can be secured together. Why this is an opportunity for green growth. And how a closer partnership between multilateral environmental agreements, in particular the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, can help both to achieve their respective aims.

    The publication features a joint foreword by the UK’s Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, and Brazil’s Minister of the Environment, Izabella Teixeira.

    It brings together eight original articles by specialists in their fields showcasing the experience of Brazil, one of the world’s megadiverse countries, in tackling the interlinked challenges of safeguarding our fragile biodiversity and securing a stable future climate.

    The publication will be distributed at the following side event:

    Theme: Reconciling efforts to implement the provisions of the conventions on climate change and biological diversity in an integrated way
    Organizer: Brazilian Ministry of Environment
    Date: 28 October 2010 at 18:00 - 20:00
    Venue: Nagoya Gakuin University - Large Hall, Second Floor

    For further information, please contact the press office of the UK's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 020 7238 6600

United Nations Specialized Agencies

Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS)

At the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity in Nagoya, the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) will be hosting a side event to which you are invited:
What: "Steppes and deserts of Eurasia: a refuge for migratory species".
When: Wednesday 27th October at lunchtime (13:15 - 14:45) in Room 236 - Building 2 (3rd Floor).
  Food and drinks will be provided.

The aridlands of Eurasia warrant closer attention by the international community, not least because these regions provide an important refuge for numerous migratory species. The side event will showcase why the steppes and deserts of Eurasia play a vital role for the conservation of global biodiversity and illustrate some of the achievements on migratory species conservation in the region. It also aims to encourage others to engage in the many promising conservation initiatives in this part of the world. Steppes and deserts are currently underrepresented in the global protected area network, compared to other ecosystems. The time is right to join hands to build the current ecological network while large areas are still unfragmented and the opportunity cost for much of the land is low. The Convention on Migratory Species invites you to join!

  • Elizabeth Mrema (Executive Secretary, CMS): Introductory remarks
  • Melanie Virtue (CMS): CMS activities in Eurasian arid zones
  • Crawford Prentice (Internat. Crane Foundation): GEF-sponsored Siberian Crane Wetland Project
  • Anada Tiega (Secretary General, Ramsar): The variety of wetland habitats in arid regions
  • Simba Chan (BirdLife International, Asia): Saving Asia's Threatened Birds
  • Thomas Tennhardt (NABU, Germany): NABU’s Saiga conservation activities and CMS
  • Marceil Yeater (CITES): Sustainable use and trade; CMS-CITES cooperation

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Earthmind
    Earthmind is a Geneva-based non-profit sustainability network which has been responsible for managing the Dutch-funded GDM 2010 Initiative leading up to COP10.
    Side events on the GDM Initiative:
    • Friday, 22 Oct, 16:30 - 18:00, Room 212A - Bldg 2, 1st Floor
      Biodiversity Markets: Private-sector Participation through a GDM
      Actors within the private sector are looking at ways of engaging in the biodiversity agenda. This side-event will explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging the private sector through a proposed ‘Green Development Mechanism’.
    • Monday, 25 October, 13:15 - 14:45, Room 136 - Bldg 1 - 3rd Floor
      The GDM and Innovative Finance
      In light of the deliberations of the Parties on innovative financial mechanisms, this side event will explore how a GDM could generate additional funding from the private sector in support of biodiversity and development. A high-level panel will discuss the case for further consultation and work on a mechanism for green development.

  • Wildscreen and its ARKive prjoject
    Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world's endangered biodiversity from the brink of extinction. So, with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's threatened species. By revealing what these species look like, how they behave and what makes them special, ARKive aims to shine the spotlight on the many thousands of threatened species worldwide, thereby raising their public profile and, ultimately, helping to ensure their conservation. ARKive is freely accessible to all at www.ARKive.org.

    Watch the short informational video about ARKive

    Please visit us during the CEPA Fair:
    Exploring the power of films and photographs to influence hearts and minds
    Organized by: Wildscreen
    Date and Time: Wednesday 20 October at 18:15pm - 19:45pm
    Venue: CEPA Fair, First Floor, Building 2 Room 216 A
    This inspiring multi-media presentation will illustrate how films and photographs, perhaps the most emotive and effective communications tools, really can play a valuable role in the battle to protect our planet’s imperilled habitats and species. Using exemplars of best practice from around the world, on both traditional and new media platforms, and from grass roots to international initiatives - you will see how images are making a significant impact in efforts to conserve biodiversity, and hear compelling arguments for putting imagery at the forefront of conservation communication strategies.

  • Marine Protected Areas: Local and Traditional Fishing Community Perspectives
    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can undoubtedly play a useful role in conserving biodiversity and sustaining livelihoods. Yet, if they are not established in an inclusive manner, they run the risk of failure. Proper implementation should consider, and strengthen, the traditional rights of communities to access and use resources in sustainable ways and recognize and support local systems of governance and traditional ecological knowledge systems. Many of these issues remin hidden in the process of setting up MPAs. This site attempts to explore these issues.

    Side Event
    Getting It Right: Incorporating Social Aspects Into MPA Planning and Implementation
    Venue: Room 234A - Building 2 - 3rd Floor
    Date: 21 October 2010
    Time: 16:30- 18:00 hrs

    Across the world communities have demonstrated that they can conserve and manage coastal and marine resources, drawing on traditional and local knowledge systems and the strength of their social institutions. What does it take for such initiatives that benefit both biodiversity conservation and social wellbeing to be recognized and supported? What can be done to address the flaws inherent in top down, target driven, non-inclusive processes?. This side-event discusses on these critical issues, with speakers from Panama, Spain, Thailand, Brazil and Honduras.

  • World Future Council
    The Future Policy Award 2010 Ceremony, 25 October 2010
    Location: Court Yard, Nagoya Congress Centre, Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM

    Visionary policies for the protection of biodiversity are urgently needed. The Future Policy Award celebrates policies with particularly positive effects on the rights of current and future generations. The aim of the award is to raise global awareness for these exemplary policies and speed up policy action towards just, sustainable and peaceful societies. More »

  • GOBI (Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative)
    1. GOBI Briefings Eight inserts containing information on the work of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) in the process of identifying ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs).
    2. GOBI side event
      The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) will host a side event on Wednesday 20 October 2010 between 6.15 pm and 7.45 pm at the Nagoya Congress Center in Room 233B, Building 2, 3rd floor. This side event will present GOBI’s work as well as tools and resources developed by GOBI in the process of identifying ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs).

  • Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
    The Society is international non-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to support and promote the science and practice of ecological restoration as a "means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture." The SER International Primer outlines the general principles of ecological restoration as a cost-effective, participatory approach to biodiversity conservation, enhanced ecosystem services delivery, sustainable livelihoods and climate change mitigation/adaptation. More detailed information with case studies can be found in the Information Note for SBSTTA14. The Society partners with governments and NGOs around the world to deliver excellence in ecological restoration, including

    • Principles and Guidelines for Ecological Restoration in Canada's Protected Natural Areas
    • Side Event
      • Restoring Ecosystem Services: Biodiversity, Sustainable Livelihoods and Climate Change
      • Venue: Room 235A - Building 2 - 3rd Floor
      • Date: 20 October 2010
      • Time: 13:15-14:45 hrs
      The purpose of this side event is to inform and assist the Contracting Parties in the implementation of CBD Article 8 (f): ecosystem restoration and species recovery. The panelists will discuss the socio-economic rationale for restoring ecological infrastructure and how ecological restoration projects can assist countries in addressing the pressing issues of biodiversity loss, climate change, and sustainable livelihoods.

  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International
    Botanic gardens are playing a key role in the implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) and support the call for the adoption of revised plant conservation targets for 2020. Botanic gardens worldwide are working to conserve threatened wild plant species and to raise awareness of the importance of plants amongst the general public. Visit BGCI’s display stand (Map No 50) at the Interactive Fair for Biodiversity to learn more about their work. Progress on the GSPC, and perspectives for the future will be discussed at a side event on Tuesday 19 October:

    “Saving plants, saving the planet” – a side event on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
    Tuesday 19 October, 18.15-19.45.
    Room 212B, Building B, 1st Floor.

    Come and hear about national and international plant conservation initiatives and contribute to a discussion on options for developing a toolkit to support future implementation of the GSPC.

  • Pew Environment Group
    The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improving public policy, informing the public and stimulating civic life. The Pew Environment Group works to strengthen environmental policies and practices that protect terrestrial and marine systems worldwide. Pew is engaged in a number of issues relevant to the Convention on Biological Diversity with a particular emphasis on environmental problems and issues relating to marine biodiversity.

    CBD’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) convened this year in Nairobi at its Fourteenth meeting to assess the status of biological diversity and to evaluate measures that Parties have taken in accordance with the convention to reverse biodiversity loss. In the ensuing meeting report, SBSTTA offered many excellent recommendations to Parties. Among these recommendations, was a subset relating specifically to marine issues “Recommendations to the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): Marine Issues.” In this document, we examine these recommendations and strongly encourage Parties to endorse them and adopt strong conservation-oriented language. In the document, Pew focuses on several main elements of work and makes recommendations for: marine protected areas, areas beyond national jurisdiction, destructive fishing practices, unsustainable fishing and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

    We hope that you can join us for our side event, "The Role of Marine Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Conserving Large Pelagic Species." The event is scheduled for October 20th, 18:15-19:45, Room 231B, Building 2 (3rd Floor). Drinks and light refreshments are provided along with simultaneous English-Japanese translation.

    The invitation to the side-event
    The program of speakers

    Our speakers include:
    Dr. Susan Lieberman, Pew Environment Group
    Bilung, Gloria Salii, Queen of Koror, Palau
    Dr. Hiroyuki Matsuda, Yokohama National University, Japan
    Wael Hmaidan, Executive Director, IndyACT, Lebanon

  • IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
    Founded in 1969, IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.

    COP10 Fact Sheet & IFAW Recommendations: This document reviews the key issues that will be addressed at COP10, including IFAW recommendations related to stemming the loss of wildlife species and sustaining ecosystems.

    On Thin Ice: The Precarious State of Arctic Marine Mammals in the United States Due to Global Warming, a comprehensive report commissioned to gauge the effects of unprecedented climate change on polar bears and other ice-dependent marine mammals within the United States.

    Ocean Noise: Turn it Down The report highlights how steadily increasing man-made noise - particularly from shipping, sonar and seismic surveys - is interfering with marine mammals’ communication, dramatically altering their behaviour and injuring and even killing some whales and dolphins.

  • COHAB Initiative
    The COHAB Initiative (Co-operation on Health and Biodiversity) is a community of individuals and organisations working to address the gaps in awareness, policy and action on the links between biodiversity and human health. The Initiative supports efforts to enhance human security through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the goods and services it provides.

    Following on from CBD COP9 Decision IX/27 on co-operation with other conventions and international organisations, the COHAB Initiative Secretariat has released four policy briefs on the theme Biodiversity and Global Health for CBD COP10. These highlight some of the core issues linking health and biodiversity, and outline policy options to be considered at the COP. These documents can be found at the following links:

    1. The importance of biodiversity to human health
    2. Global health and global ecosystem change
    3. The health effects of climate change impacts on biodiversity
    4. Linking health and biodiversity in policy and practice

    Visit the website of the COHAB Initiative or our blog site for further information.

  • International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)
    The International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) is an independent organisation whose purpose is to help the understanding and management of emerging global risks that have impacts on human health and safety, the environment, the economy and society at large. IRGC’s work includes developing concepts of risk governance, anticipating major risk issues and providing risk governance policy recommendations for key decision makers.

    Earlier this month, IRGC published an ‘opinion piece’ (a new type of IRGC publication allowing experts to express their personal views and policy recommendations on a – potentially controversial – issue), entitled Cooling the Earth through Solar Radiation Management: The need for research and an approach to its governance . This opinion piece was written for IRGC by Prof. Granger Morgan (Chairman of IRGC’s Scientific and Technical Council and Head, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University) and Katharine Ricke (Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University).

    For more information about this publication or IRGC’s work in general, please contact malin.samuelsson@irgc.org

  • Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
    The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment of 25 millions Euros, established to do the following:

    Provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives Recognize leaders in the field of species conservation; and Elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.

    Since it's inception in 2009, the Fund has granted over 300 projects in over 60 countries for a total amount of 4.5 millions $

    For more information on the Fund, it's objectives and it's activities, please visit our website www.mbzspeciesconservation.org

Academic and Research Institutions

  • The French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity
    As a foundation for scientific cooperation, the FRB’s mission is to support research on biodiversity at national, European and international levels in close interaction with all stakeholders. Among the core activities of the FRB are to encourage innovation, to develop and support projects and to mobilise expertise in the fields of biology, chemistry, socio-economic and legal sciences.

    Sharing knowledge is at the heart of science-society interactions. The FRB develops activities to produce and disseminate scientific information. More »

  • Sud Expert Plantes (SEP)
    Sud Expert Plantes (SEP) is one of the programmes which aims at helping developing countries better know, preserve and use their biodiversity. Focusing on plants, it has developed a unique approach combining training, research, support of collections, and involvement of scientists in policy making. It has enhanced South-South collaboration at regional and multi-regional levels, as well as North-South collaboration.

    Started in 2007, SEP has produced a number of significant results: 7 books, 33 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 25 international research consortia, over 100,000 herbarium specimens digitised, 250 staff trained in GBIF methodology and in collection management, 31 Master & 23 PhD theses, and 1 new international Master curriculum.

    From 2011 on, this effort is now poised to enter into a new phase.

    Up to date achievements will be presented, and the priorities for the future will be discussed, aiming at producing a roadmap for building the next phase during the coming months.

    Venue : Tuesday 19th October, 16:30 – 18:00, Room 210 ; Building 2 ; 1st Floor