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Side Event

A 1st global network of key sites for seabird conservation: their uses for informing EBSAs and other marine conservation initiatives

Organizer
BirdLife International

Date and Time
16 October 2012 12:15 - 13:45

Meeting
Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

Co-conveners: BirdLife International, Wild Bird Society of Japan, Bombay Natural History Society, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat, The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence Since 2005 BirdLife has been working to compile a global set of marine Important Bird Areas which can help with site based conservation initiatives in the marine environment. This side event will launch the 1st global inventory of marine IBAs, a network of around 3000 key sites for seabirds conservation. The IBAs identified are already informing a range of marine conservation initiatives, including the CBD programme of work on EBSAs, the EU Bird’s Directive, the work of the Nairobi and OSPAR Conventions and a number of national initiatives. The side event will showcase some of the ways the marine IBAs have been used in these different arenas, and give participants an opportunity to explore the e-atlas themselves during the question and answer session. Schedule: 15 minutes for introduction talk, 10 minutes for others (55 mins total) 1. Ben Lascelles - An introduction to BirdLife 1st global inventory of marine IBAs and e-atlas 2. Nairobi Convention (Dixon Waruinge) – the need for marine prioritisation work in the Nairobi convention area and how marine IBAs can help 3. Wild Bird Society of Japan (WBSJ rep & Mayumi Sato) – How marine IBAs have been used to inform Japanese marine spatial planning and marine protected area discussions 4. Bombay Natural History Society (Deepak/Raju/Asad) – threats and pressures on the marine environment of India and how marine IBAs can help 5.CBD Secretariat (Pat Halpin) data compiler for 2 EBSA workshops – How BirdLife marine IBAs have helped inform the EBSA process Followed by 20-30 minutes of questions and audience participation for viewing the content of the e-atlas