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Side Event #2327


Date Thursday
2017.12.14 @ 13:15
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Room African Group Meeting Room
Capacity: 130 people
Conference SBSTTA-21 / WG8J-10
Twenty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
Title Community Action to Achieve the Aichi Targets COMDEKS Contribution
2010 Biodiversity Target
Indigenous people and local communities
Ecosystem Approach and Restoration
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Agricultural Biodiversity
Forest Biodiversity
Inland Waters Biodiversity
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Mountain Biodiversity
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


UNDP, in partnership with the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), is hosting a side event to share experiences and best practices from the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) Programme, as well as to launch a booklet on COMDEKS’ contributions to the Aichi Targets, titled “Community Action to Achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets: The COMDEKS Programme”.

Speakers from UNDP, GEF SGP, MOEJ, UNU-IAS, and the CBD Secretariat will discuss issues, best practices and lessons learned related to COMDEKS contribution to the Aichi Targets, including the use of the Indicators of Resilience of Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in a participatory approach to building landscape resilience by promoting sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.   

COMDEKS has been piloted from 2011 to 2017 in twenty target landscapes around the world as a community-based model of landscape management to restore the resilience of local ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and sustain the multi-purpose land- and seascapes those local communities depend upon. As part of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), a global platform aiming to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of activities under the Satoyama Initiative, COMDEKS-supported initiatives have generated key lessons on community-based best practices to maintain and rebuild SEPLS toward the realization of “societies in harmony with nature” – as defined as the vision of the Satoyama Initiative. The success of the landscape approach in fostering sustainable, community-based landscape management has made it an effective tool for meeting the goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Welcome Remarks
Yoko Watanabe, GEF SGP
Keiichi Nakazawa, MOEJ
Nadine Saad, SCBD
COMDEKS: A Community-Based Landscape Approach
Diana Salvemini, UNDP
On-the-ground perspective from Bhutan:
COMDEKS Case Study
Singay Dorji, GEF SGP
The International Partnership for the
Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) and the Indicators of Resilience
William Dunbar, UNU-IAS

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