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2010-11-08 20:32
Ms. Lisa Janishevski, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Post COP 10: to CBD PoWPA focal points and relevant organizations

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Dear PoWPA Focal Points and relevant organizations,

COP 10 adopted a landmark decision on PAs wherein the Parties have agreed to:

-develop a long-term action plan, for the implementation of the programme of work on protected areas, including appropriate implementation mechanisms;

-integrate the action plans of the programme of work on protected areas into revised national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and into relevant sectoral plans and budgets  no later than six months before COP 12;

-develop and implement sustainable finance plans for protected area systems by 2012;

-timely and appropriately use the GEF 5 protected-area biodiversity allocations, as well as bilateral, multilateral and other financial support action plan for implementing the programme of work on protected areas as the basis for accessing funds

-achieve target 1.2 of the programme of work on protected areas by 2015, through concerted efforts to integrate protected areas into wider landscapes and seascapes and sectors;

-continue to expand and institutionalize management effectiveness assessments to work towards assessing 60 per cent of the total area of protected areas by 2015 and ensure that the results of assessments are implemented and integrated into other assessments under PoWPA;

-enhance efforts towards achieving the 2012 target of establishment of representative network of marine protected areas; and

-adopt the reporting framework on national implementation of the PoWPA.

We in the Secretariat with the help of PoWPA Friends stand ready to extend support to translate this wonderful decision into a reality on the ground.

11 out of the 18 e-learning modules will be available in five UN languages by December. By March 2011 all 18 modules including those on the themes of Climate change and Marine PAs will become available.

Courtesy of the EU, we are working towards convening 10 sub-regional workshops in 2011 and 2012 focussing on governance, climate change, marine PAs, integration of PAs into wider land and seascapes, as well as  awareness and capacity for  timely and appropriate use of GEF 5  funds.

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PoWPA Implementation  Scheme includes an overall action plan,linked with available funding, and coordination of technical support and capacity building with the funding and lead by a sub-regional coordinator- results in implementation on the ground, and then we are on the track to effective implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas. Along the way, support is provided: Help securing available funding; Technical support; Capacity building etc.

Let us strive to achieve Target 11 of the 2011-2020 CBD Strategic plan: “By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscape and seascapes” through effective implementation of PoWPA.

Kind regards from a Chilly Montreal

Sarat Gidda
 

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme