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Preparing for 'Sustainable Use' at COP10: the role of customary use of biodiversity in the implementation of the Convention.

Forest Peoples Programme

Date and Time
27 May 2008 13:15 - 14:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

While a lot of discussion has taken place concerning two pillars of the Convention (conservation and fair and equitable sharing of benefits) less attention has been given to the third pillar: sustainable use of biodiversity. Given the growing recognition of the linkages between biodiversity, human wellbeing and human rights, sustainable use may hold the key to achieving much progress in the implementation of the Convention in the future. This side event will focus on the customary sustainable use of biodiversity by indigenous and local communities through case studies from around the world. Discussion will also suggest how the recognition and promotion of customary sustainable use can greatly contribute to the implementation of the Convention, with particular attention to the Programme of Work on Forest Biodiversity and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas.