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Economic sustainability for implementation of protected areas national systems

ministry of the environment

Date and Time
29 March 2006 18:30 - 20:15

Eighth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 8)

At its first meeting, in Montecatini, Italy, June 2005, the ad hoc open-ended working group on protected areas adopted through its subgroup on “Options for mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of the programme of work by developing countries, in particular the least developed and small island developing States among them, and countries with economies in transition” “To organize, as a matter of urgency, national—and as appropriate, regional—protected-area financing roundtables of donors and recipient Governments, for the purpose of advancing progress on national and regional-level sustainable finance strategies and the achievement of target 3.4 in the programme of work on protected areas adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its seventh meeting”. This recommendation was reiterated at the meeting of Donor Agencies and other relevant organizations to discuss options for mobilizing new and additional funding for the implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas, held just after the meeting of the ad hoc group on PA´s by stating the need to: (i) organize national and regional protected area roundtables of donor and recipient countries for the purpose of advancing the progress in achieving goal 3.4 of the programme of work on protected areas; (ii) design and elaborate financial sustainability plans for protected-area systems; To accomplish this task, Brazil has, last year, created a working group on financial sustainability to implement the National Plan of Work for Protected Areas. This group has representatives of both governmental and non governmental organizations. They´ve been raising data on availability international donation/cooperation and national budget funds, assessing procedures for budget allocation to IBAMA (Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resourves) and also assessing other national instruments and mechanisms that revert to protected areas. One of this instruments that deserve attention is the “environmental compensation” which reverts a certain percentage of enterprises in environmental managemente, including management of protected areas. The purpose of this side event is to have a few study cases on those financial mechanisms that are successfully applied in promoting sustainability of national systems of protected areas. Brazil will invite other countries to present their initiatives. Items that should have be approached on the event are: existence of specific legal instruments regarding financial sustainability, current national process on assessing financial possibilities on maintaining protected areas and others.