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Question 2

What to expect [#1000]
Aside from an analysis of the global status of island biodiversity and trends, the IDR is a channel to identify common agendas within island States and States with islands, announce new projects, highlight new challenges and shortcomings in the implementation of the CBD and its protocols as a whole, and invite contributions from major groups, development agencies and other donors. Specifically in this IDR, two streams are of particular interest: one is the articulation around the control of Invasive Alien Species in island ecosystems through a campaign led by Island Conservation (also based on New Zealand’s seminal “Helping Islands Adapt” workshop) towards zero extinctions in islands, and the other is the active participation of overseas Europe, also through IUCN, in an unprecedented level (7 voluntary reports out of the 26 received came from European islands). Thanks to IUCN’s cooperation with islanders in the European Parliament, specific funds will be invested in the conservation and sustainable use of overseas Europe’s unique islands, thereby contributing to Europe’s overall performance towards the Aichi targets.
posted on 2011-11-17 19:53 UTC by Mr. Oliver Hillel, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
 
RE: What to expect [#1003]
The in-depth review is an opportunity to showcase island biodiversity achievements, and highlight the ongoing vulnerabilities/challenges. Other advantages from engaging in the in-depth review of the POWIB, include:
- Ensuring a global commitment to new solutions that address challenges to implementation for small island developing States;
- Being part of developing directions for the Global Environment Facility and other funding bodies to support national and regional implementation of the POWIB;
- Gaining the increased political attention of island biodiversity priorities and mainstreaming them in broader sustainable development and poverty alleviation efforts; 
- Making linkages between the in-depth review and issues under consideration at Rio +20 (the three-part objective of Rio +20 includes securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and addressing new and emerging challenges);
- Further developing the “Pacific Voyage” which raised the profile of the region, showcased nature conservation successes, highlighted common needs at CoP10.
posted on 2011-11-23 03:20 UTC by Ms. Angela Williamson
 
RE: What to expect [#1008]
I wholeheartedly appreciate and support the references to the Helping Islands Adapt workshop and the efforts to move towards zero extinction. I would simply note that in order to be compelling and effective the drive towards stopping extinction needs to look beyond simple conservation priorities and towards integrating strategies for sustainable livelihoods and green growth. The two are not mutually exclusive and the PoWIB can help further identify the examples and lessons learned in addressing multiple objectives (see separate post on invasives and opportunities for integrated solutions).
posted on 2011-11-30 22:46 UTC by Dr Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council
 
RE: What to expect [#1034]
Supporting and agreeing to the points raised by my colleagues under this specific title, i also wish to add the following:

POWIB needs to create an 'enabling environment' that will allow SIDS countries to access funding supports from GEF, to implement projects on the ground;

Implementation projects that will also, amongst others, assist countries to start generate data to fill the biodiversity data paucity. This needs to be specific to the needs and contexts of each individual country;
posted on 2011-12-09 12:57 UTC by Ms Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruatu, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development
 

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