The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held the Twenty-first Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-21) from 11-14 December and the Tenth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention (WG8J-10) from 13-16 December 2017 in Montreal, Canada. In addition to the serious negotiations on topics related to the CBD, three side events were held related to the IPSI Secretariat.
“Integrated Landscape Management in the UN Decade of Biodiversity 2010-2020 and Beyond: Achievements and Future Direction of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)”, was held on 11 December, organized by the IPSI Secretariat with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee, the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation of Nepal, and the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia. The event provided a chance for the Secretariat and members present at the meetings to give updates on progress and future plans for the partnership, including contributions to Aichi Biodiversity Targets, IPSI’s roadmap towards 2020, collaborative activities and others.
An event titled “Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: Practice on the Ground and Contribution to Aichi Biodiversity Targets” was organized on 12 December by Conservation International and UNDP, with presentations on the development of the indicators and their implementation on the ground through the COMDEKS programme and the GEF-Satoyama Project.
On 14 December, UNDP along with the IPSI Secretariat and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan held “Community Action to Achieve the Aichi Targets: COMDEKS Contribution”, which presented an overview of COMDEKS including an in-depth view of its Bhutan county programme.
More information on these meetings and events can be found on the CBD website here.