Long live GLISPA!!
I would propose that the continuation and expansion of the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA) as a platform for the coordination of the Parties’ efforts in the implementation of the POWIB is absolutely critical. Since its launch by the presidents of Palau and Seychelles at COP 8 in Curitiba, GLISPA has brought together more than 60 island Parties and overseas territories, multi and bilateral agencies and organisations to advance high-level commitments and on the ground action for island conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It helped raise an additional US$70 million for islands, hosted innumerable groundbreaking events (even memorable “fiestas”…) at COP venues and supported many of the large island “challenges” – see http://www.cbd.int/island/glispa.shtml
for more. Currently based in IUCN under the very capable leadership of Kate Brown, GLISPA’s existence and coordination ensures that lessons learned and experiences are shared, and allows other projects and partners (such as Media Impact, who seconded Jessica to GLISPA’s communication strategy) to use GLISPA as an anchor to reach out to island States and island players. Current funding will run out in 2012 – in my technical opinion, GLISPA’s role is essential for Parties and international organizations interested in islands, and I’d love to see it continue to play this role within the UN Decade on Biodiversity.
posted on 2011-11-17 19:54 UTC by Mr. Oliver Hillel, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
RE: Long live GLISPA!!
- The POWIB can be used as a checklist or guide when developing new, or reviewing, existing relevant policies, legislation, programs or measures; developing new sub-regional and regional partnerships; and when developing aid and capacity building-related partnerships.
- The identification of priority actions from the POWIB could help greater implementation of what may be sometimes seen as a daunting list of possible actions in the POWIB.
- Supporting, expanding and sharing experiences of indigenous and local community actions to accelerate the implementation of the POWIB.
- Identifying ways to encourage private sector participation and engagement in the implementation of the POWIB through business roundtables, offsets etc.
- Using the POWIB to improve ecological connections between terrestrial and coastal and marine ecosystems conservation and sustainable use efforts underway on islands by government, community, academic and industry.
- Identification of actions that have multiple benefits. E.g. the removal invasive alien species as a means of ecosystem restoration, and ultimately improving the resilience of native species to the impacts of climate change.
posted on 2011-11-23 03:22 UTC by Ms. Angela Williamson
RE: Long live GLISPA!!
GLISPA has played a critical role in providing information and notification to countries, as well as supporting technical organizations, to:
* Publicize and highlight achievements by island nations;
* Create discussion forums around issues that disproportionately affect islands; and
* Call attention to new actions that should be taken or events that countries can participate in to promote island biodiversity.
I encourage ongoing support for GLISPA's efforts and congratulate the work of the dedicated staff.
posted on 2011-12-09 20:57 UTC by Dr Stacy Jupiter, Wildlife Conservation Society