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FCCC 2018 Programme

Wednesday, 4 July

19:00 – 22:00 – Opening Ceremony
A socio-cultural event where the voices of 15 community activists from around the world will come together and show inspiring examples of community biodiversity restoration and conservation initiatives, demonstrating  that life is not for sale. Their voices will interweave with the drums, poetry, dance and singing of six Montreal-based artists. This inspiring event will set the tone of the Fostering Community Conservation II Conference.

The event will start with a Mystica led by Patrick Meunier, and speakers will include Diego Cardona, Chairperson of the Global Forest Coalition, Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk activist and artist from Kanehsatake Nation, Nana Künkel from IKI/German Government representative* and a dozen of community leaders from all continents and cultures. Artists will include: Patrick Meunier, Greg Selinger (Bboy Krypto), Maritza Grégoire, Jacqueline van de Geer, Elena Stoodley* and Claudia Bernal.

Snacks and drinks will be provided during the event, and there will be a brief poster exhibition. CCRI participants will be available for 20 minutes to answer questions.

Thursday, 5 July

Facilitator: Estebancio Castro

16:00 – 16:15 – Mystica led by participants from Africa

16:15 – 16:45 – Session 1: Looking at official UN biodiversity conservation policies: Introduction to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Sustainable Development Goals and looking beyond to the post-2020 biodiversity framework

  • Holly Jonas (GFC/Indigenous and community conserved areas (ICCA) Consortium): Convention on Biological Diversity and the Strategic Plan 2011-2020
  • Mrinalini Rai (GFC): Community conservation and the inter-linkages between the Aichi Targets and Sustainable Development Goals

16:45 – 17:30 – Session 2: Contributions of Community Conservation to achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and Aichi Targets

  • Mabel Agba (The Development Institute, Ghana): The Opportunities and challenges of integrating community conservation in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in Ghana, and the challenges of mainstreaming conservation in the extractive industry sectors
  • ICCA Consortium*: On the contributions of community conservation and ICCAs and related traditional knowledge to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular to Aichi Targets 11 & 18

17:30 – 18:30 – Session 3: Painting our Dreams

All participants will be invited to paint their dreams for the future of biodiversity on the blank side of their conference bag

Friday, 6 July

Facilitators: Isis Alvarez and Edna Kaptoyo

16:00 – 16:15: Mystica led by participants from Latin America and the Caribbean

16:15 – 16:45 – Session 4: CBD’s Gender Plan of Action and the contributions of women in community conservation

  • Tanya McGregor (Programme Officer Gender, SCBD): On strategies to develop a gendered approach to biodiversity policy, on the key role of women in community conservation and the mainstreaming of CBD’s Gender Plan of Action
  • Lucy Mulenkei (Indigenous Information Network, CCRI Kenya): On good practices and the way forward for the integration of gender and indigenous’ women’s traditional knowledge and practices into the work of biodiversity conservation, taking into account the CCRI outcomes in in Kenya (National Case)

16:45 – 17:45 – Session 5: Gender Skill Share

Participants will break into regional groups to identify the main actions and issues to focus on as far as gender and biodiversity are concerned. Results from the discussions will be summarised into a set of recommendations list

Saturday, 7 July

Facilitator: Mrinalini Rai and Anna Kirilenko

09:30 – 9:45 – Mystica led by participants from Asia and Europe

09:45 – 12:00 – Session 6: Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) case studies analysing outcomes, including threats to community’s livelihoods and customary sustainable use and present steps to operationalise some key recommendations (Part I)

  • Dil Raj Khanal (FECOFUN, CCRI Nepal): on the threats of protected areas to community conservation in Nepal
  • Nicolas Mukumo Mushumbi*, (PIDP, CCRI DRC): on the impacts of illegal logging and mining and the violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in DRC
  • Avtadil Geladze and Ilia Kunchulia (Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth Georgia and Zelkova) – Traditional sustainable management of natural resources by local communities in rural Georgia – history and good customary practices from the CCRI perspective
  • Swati Shresth (Centre for Grassroots Development) and Souparna Lahiri (All India Forum of Forest Movements), CCRI India: on the problems of tree plantations impacting community livelihoods in India
  • Perla Alvarez Britez (CONAMURI, CCRI Paraguay): on the impacts of unsustainable livestock and feedstock production in Paraguay
  • Mary Lou Malig (Global Forest Coalition): on the implications of international trade agreements and livestock
  • Oli Munnion (Biofuelwatch): threats of the corporate take-over of biodiversity policy-making and resulting support for monoculture tree plantations and bioenergy projects

12:00 – 13:00 – Session 7: A Peoples’ Pathway for Biodiversity: Group work and report back/plenary

In parallel regional meetings, participants will discuss a People’s Pathway for 2030, which could be a collection of recommendations for the CBD negotiators to fully incorporate community conservation, and effective measures to address the threats to community conservation into the CBD future Strategic Plan. Participants will define how this collective vision responds to the realities they are facing, and identify strategies and actions to be developed at community level and globally.

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 – Session 7: A Peoples’ Pathway for Biodiversity: Group work and report back/plenary (continued)

15:30 – 16:30 – Session 8: Reporting back through playback theatre

Participants will report back on the discussions and proposals debated in plenary using playback theatre. Spontaneous, non-judgemental, and respectful, playback is an improvisational form of theatre where members of the audience tell their stories, share their goals and dreams, and actors play them back on the spot through improvisation. With the participation of the Montreal-based Promito Playback company and its artists: Koudia Guéniot, Julian Duarte, Veronika Kisfalvi, Kens Mukendi, and playback conductor Élisabeth Couture.

17:00 – 19:00 – Session 9: Forest restoration documentary film

Presentation of “the Call of the Forests: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees,” with introductory remarks by the film’s main producer, Diana Beresford-Kroeger. This is an inspiring film about the power of community forest restoration*.

Sunday, 8 July

Facilitators: Swati Shresth, Diego Cardona, and Andrey Laletin

09:30 – 9:45 – Mystica led by participants from the Pacific region

09:45 – 12:30 – Session 10: Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) case studies analysing outcomes, including legal reviews and presenting steps to operationalise some key recommendations (Part II).

  • Simone Lovera (GFC): The 2nd Community Conservation Resilience (CCRI) Global Report 2018
  • Fernando Salazar Ferreira (Colectivo de Reservas Campesinas y Comunitarias de Santander/ Fundaexpresión, CCRI Colombia) and Diego Cardona (CENSAT-Agua viva / CCRI Colombia): On the lessons and experiences from the community from the CCRI
  • Salome George KISENGE (Envirocare, CCRI Tanzania): Threats on biodiversity conservation and the intricate link between community conservation practices and culture as part of traditions and customs
  • Anna Kirilenko (BIOM, CCRI Kyrgyz Republic): On the results of the legal review carried out through the CCRI in Kyrgyzstan

12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 – Session 11: Multi-actor dialogue leaving no one behind: Community rights and biodiversity conservation post-2020

  • Presentation of the Peoples’ Pathway for Biodiversity by  the drafting group
  • Mundita Lim, CBD SBSTTA Chair and Executive Director of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Philippines
  • Andreas Obrecht, Programme Management Officer (Biodiversity), Law Division, UN Environment
  • Edna Kaptoyo, coordinator, International Alliance of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples of the Tropical Forest, Kenya
  • Claudia Ituarte-Lima, researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Advisor at SwedBio
  • Leel Randeni, Nirmanee Development Foundation, Sri Lanka
  • Chief Constant Awashish, Grand Chief of Atikamekw Nation
  • Aydah Vahia, coordinator, Network of Indigenous Peoples of the Solomon Islands

15:00 – 15:30 – Session 11: Closing Session

  • John Scott (Senior Programme Officer – Traditional Knowledge, Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity): The positioning of IPLCs, and a Rapprochement of Nature and Cultures in the Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework: Reimagining Conservation
  • Professor Hamdallah Zedan, National Focal Point, Egyptian Presidency to the 14th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity: Community conservation in Africa and the Road to CBD COP14.

17:00 – 21:00 – Session 12: Closing Event

The closing event will take place on the Narvark’s Archipel, the ship that will bring participants down the Saint-Lawrence River accompanied by the traditional Cuban music of the Yoel Díaz Cuban Quintet. Diaz is a brilliant Cuban author and composer, whose music and pianistic style reflect the immensity of his cultural heritage. Snacks and drinks will be served.

Keynote speeches by:

  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Vice-Chair, Global Forest Coalition and AFPAT, Chad: Rights and Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples as a Basis for Conservation.

*speakers to be confirmed