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PoWIB Interactive Forum

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POWIB as a platform [#998]
When it was developed and later adopted the POWIB was seen as a platform for a stronger island voice within the CBD and related international negotiations and through this that it was an opportunity to leverage significant new sources of financial and technical support for the implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans. If we look at what the POWIB has catalysed then we know this to be true - islands have had a stronger voice - the Micronesia Challenge, Caribbean Challenge, Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Indonesia's announcement of the Coral Triangle Initiative, developing multicountry challenges in the Western Indian Ocean and East Africa as well as the new multicountry Far West Africa Challenge, and a range of other commitments have all been made since the POWIB was adopted in 2006. Most have focussed on how using this platform for islands as well as significant high level commitment to leverage resources for implementation. We have the opportunity now to think "what next" as a result of this review process for the POWIB that is ongoing to COP 11. This online forum provides a great opportunity to share your ideas.
posted on 2011-11-17 15:55 UTC by Ms Kate Brown, Global Island Partnership
 
RE: POWIB as a platform [#1002]
The POWIB provides island specific priority actions that could contribute to reducing the rate of biodiversity loss. It underpins relevant actions from other CBD programmes of work, as well as addresses the three pillars of the convention. The POWIB was used as a guide to preparing the Australian NBSAP, and informs relevant national polices, as well as helps to focus research. It has also successfully generated interest and actions at regional and sub regional levels, such as the Coral Triangle Initiative.

Furthermore, the PoWIB directly links to the Millennium Development Goals and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation. Importantly it has brought global attention to the specific challenges and vulnerabilities faced by small islands.
posted on 2011-11-23 03:19 UTC by Ms. Angela Williamson
 
RE: POWIB as a platform [#1013]
The POWIB is a valuable framework for developing national and regional island conservation strategies. In Australia the Island Rescue Alliance - an informal group of island conservationists - has been using the POWIB platform as a means to identify and evaluate the conservation progress being made on Australian islands. This analysis will be discussed in a symposium to be held in Canberra, Feb 2012, with the intention of further promoting island conservation in Australia as a priorty national conservation strategy.
posted on 2011-12-02 03:50 UTC by Dr Raymond Nias, Island Conservation
 
RE: POWIB as a platform [#1016]
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is the Executing Agency for a UNEP-GEF funded project which is called the “Integrated Island Biodiversity Project”. This UNEP-GEF funded project was developed to support the implementation of the POWIB by supporting an integrated ecosystem approach to biodiversity conservation management in the Pacific SIDS namely: the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. Project implementation is expected to start in 2012 and there are opportunities to leverage additional resources to extend and expand the scope and coverage of the project to include other Pacific SIDS.
posted on 2011-12-08 02:16 UTC by Ms Easter Galuvao, Secretariat for the Pacific Environment Regional Programme (SPREP)
 
RE: POWIB as a platform [#1020]
The POWIB has played a significant role to help us secure partnerships and resources for the implemenation of the NBSAPs and related activities in the Micronesia sub-region. Please see attached a Progress Report on the first 5 Years of implementing the Micronesia Challenge. We hope that the POWIB and the CBD Secretariat will continue to play a key role in the next 15 years of the Micronesia Challenge.
(edited on 2011-12-09 14:26 UTC by Mr. Oliver Hillel)
posted on 2011-12-09 04:18 UTC by Mr. William Kostka, Micronesia Conservation Trust
 
RE: POWIB as a platform [#1026]
POWIB helps to inform mainstreaming of island biodiversity within the national development strategy in Kiribati, though this still needs further work at national level;

The review process needs to build on lessons learnt to enhance POWIB as a platform that facilitated effective programs at national, regional and international levels that bridge gaps between the policy and technical inter-face;
posted on 2011-12-09 11:59 UTC by Ms Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruatu, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development
 

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