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FCCC 2018 CBD events

Gender Mainstreaming – from the Convention to Communities

Monday, July 2, 13.15 pm, Room: A
Effectively taking gender considerations into account in conservation and sustainable use measures is a challenging task that requires active engagement of actors and stakeholders at all levels. This side event will share some of the experiences and exchange from the capacity building workshop on gender mainstreaming for Parties and stakeholders, held on 1 July 2018 by UN Women and the CBD Secretariat. It will serve as a platform to share key take-aways from the workshop and reflect on the potential entry-points for gender mainstreaming in Convention processes, as well as in the development of the post-2020 biodiversity framework. This second part of this discussion will make the links to activities on the ground – highlighting community case studies from different regions, which demonstrate how gender-responsive actions can contribute to outcomes for both biodiversity and gender equality. Please come with your questions, and any experiences to share!

Hosts: UN Women, Global Forest Coalition, CBD Secretariat

1. Inés Elisa Franceschelli (HENOI, Paraguay)
2. Anna Kirilenko (Ecological Movement BIOM, Kyrgyzstan), and
3. Aydah Gwaena Akao (The Network of the Indigenous Peoples – Solomons (NIPS), Solomon Islands)

Contribution of ICCAs and Community Conservation initiatives to implementation of the CBD, Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and NBSAPs

Thursday, July 5, 13.15 pm, Room: D
This side event, to be organized by FECOFUN, the Global Forest Coalition, the ICCA Consortium, and a number of other Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) groups and networks, will showcase various territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (ICCAs) and other community conservation initiatives and how they have contributed to effective area-based conservation and governance and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. This relates primarily to SBSTTA-22 Agenda Item 6 (scientific assessment of progress towards Aichi Targets) and Agenda Item 7 (protected areas and other conservation measures) as well as SBI-2 Agenda Item 3 (review of progress in implementation of the Convention and Strategic Plan). Consideration of progress towards Aichi Target 3 under the latter is particularly important, as natural resource-dependent industries such as forestry, plantations and mining – which pose major external threats to ICCAs and community conservation – are often heavily subsidized.

The 13th Conference of the Parties of the CBD highlighted the contribution of ICCAs and other community conservation initiatives to the implementation of the Aichi Targets, and the importance of their customary sustainable use practices and traditional knowledge (e.g. Decisions XIII/1, XIII/3, XIII/19). Although some CBD Parties recognize traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use, ICCAs and other forms of community conservation in their post-2010 National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), many do not. Much work remains to be done to implement existing supporting COP Decisions on these issues and to ensure Parties include such issues in their forthcoming sixth national reports as well as their post-2020 NBSAPs.

The event will also showcase the experiences of Indigenous peoples, local communities and women in participating in the elaboration and implementation of their countries’ NBSAPs and in other efforts that contribute to implementation of the Convention and Strategic Plan. The event will underscore the need for effective and appropriate forms of support for ICCAs and other community conservation and restoration initiatives by Indigenous peoples and local communities, including women and localised actions in biodiversity mainstreaming.

Effective Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Collective Action, ICCAs and Other Community Conservation Initiatives in National Reporting Processes and the Fifth Edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook

Wednesday, 11 July, 13.15 pm, Room: A
CBD Parties have recognised the role of collective actions of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and non-market-based approaches – including (inter alia) through territories and areas conserved by Indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) – for mobilising resources to achieve the objectives of the Convention (Decision XII/3, para 29). Despite this, past national reports and editions of the GBO have contained relatively limited information on ICCAs and other community conservation initiatives, despite their significant knowledge and other contributions to biodiversity. The first edition of the Local Biodiversity Outlooks was well received as a crucial source of information about the contributions of Indigenous peoples and local communities to biodiversity and CBD COP13 requested the preparation of a second edition of the Local Biodiversity Outlooks (Decision XIII/29, para. 2). The information in the Local Biodiversity Outlooks and other information provided by Indigenous Peoples and local communities should be fully included and recognised in the forthcoming sixth national reports and fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook. This is also closely linked to SBI-2 Agenda Item 8 on resource mobilisation, which will consider the methodological guidance on assessing the contributions of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ collective action to the Convention and Strategic Plan.

The side event will bring together the experiences and good practice recommendations of IPLCs and other rightsholder groups, including women, in assessing the contributions of collective action to the CBD, particularly regarding their effective participation in national reporting processes, and the need to appropriately recognise and include their traditional knowledge, worldviews and practices on biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods in the overall CBD framework. Thus it directly addresses SBI-2 Agenda Item 13 as well as Agenda Item 14 in relation to integration of Article 8(j) and related provisions in the work of the Convention. The side event will also provide a platform for Indigenous Peoples and local communities to voice their concerns and recommendations about making the CBD’s mechanisms for review of implementation (SBI-2 Agenda Item 12) more comprehensive and participatory in the post-2020 framework. 

The Peoples’ Pathway for Biodiversity: Community perspectives on the CBD post-2020 strategic plan

Wednesday 11 July, 18:15 pm, Room 7 A (tbc)
Indigenous Peoples and local communities are the custodians of much of the world’s biodiversity but they also bear the brunt of forces that threaten biodiversity. Ensuring Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ full and effective participation and genuine inclusion in the process to develop the post-2020 framework is an important way for CBD Parties to recognise and respect the former’s rights and responsibilities to their territories – a culture of stewardship from which the whole world benefits.

Rightsholder groups, such as women, Indigenous Peoples and local communities, children and youth, and farmers (including fisher folks and livestock producers) and workers require specific, institutionalised channels of participation so that their invaluable experiences and perspectives can be included in the post-2020 strategic plan.

Participants to the Fostering Community Conservation II Conference that will take place from 4 to 8 July 2018 in Montreal will elaborate a vision on the role and rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women in the post-2020 CBD strategic plan. The side event will feature the presentation of this “Peoples’ Pathway for Biodiversity”.

This Side Event is going to bring together a comprehensive and holistic perspective of the Indigenous Peoples, local communities and other rightsholders groups, including women, towards developing the post 2020 strategic plan built on the learning and experiences from the strategic plan 2011-2020 process and mechanism which will bring the rights holders at the forefront of the preparatory process.