GOBI at CBD COP14, Egypt

GOBI Coordinator David Johnson at CBD COP14

The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference is underway in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  This 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity runs from 17 to 29 November 2018.

This year, the process to describe ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) celebrates its 10th anniversary.  The Conference in Egypt will be a crucial milestone in the CBD’s and GOBI’s work on EBSAs, as it will discuss important aspects of the future of the EBSA process options for modifying the existing EBSA descriptions, for describing new EBSAs, and for ensuring that the best available scientific and technical information, including traditional knowledge, is used in the EBSA process.

In addition, the Conference will consider the need to increase protection of the ecosystems of the world in a way that is extensive, effective as well as inclusive and involves indigenous peoples and local communities.  The meeting will also look at other effective area based conservation measures (OECMs) that extend models of conservation and sustainable use beyond traditional models of protected areas.

To contribute to the discussions about these matters, GOBI will be participating in the following list of events:

Specific plenary and working group sessions

  • 2nd IPBES work programme
  • Protected areas and OECMs
  • Marine and coastal
  • Post 2020 agenda

Side events

  • IKI projects event (BMU-IKI), 19 Nov.
  • UN Oceans event, 22 Nov.
  • CBD Ocean Voices event, 23 Nov.
  • SOI closed meeting, 24 Nov.
  • EBSAs in Namibia event, 25 Nov.
  • Marine mammal conservation tools event, 25 Nov.
  • CMS contributions to the post 2020 Framework and Beyond, 26 Nov.

 

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