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Thursday 22 November 2018
Excursion to the Ras Mohamed National Park
Facilitated by: Egypt representatives

VENUE:Ras Mohamed National Park

Description: The Summit will begin with a field visit to a protected area, and will include traditional food and handcraft exhibit from local communities from around Egypt that demonstrate the links between biological and cultural diversity, traditional knowledge, and customary sustainable use of biodiversity.

  • 8:15-8:45 Registration in front of Event Tent (Building 2, close to the Food Court)
  • 9:00 Departure of participants from COP venue (Gate 8)
  • 10:00 Arrival at Ras Mohamed Visitor Centre and a presentation about the Protected Area
  • 10:00-12:00 A tour around Ras Mohamed National Park
  • 12:00-14:00 Arriving at a Bedouin Campsite
  • 14:00-15:30 Lunch
  • 15:30-17:00 Interactions with local communities from Egypt on: Community conservation; Relationships between biological and cultural diversity and Traditional knowledge and customary use of biodiversity.
  • 17:00 Return to venue

  • 18:00 Arrive back at COP venue

Friday-23 November 2018
Opening ceremony
Facilitated by: Secretariat of the CBD

VENUE: COP 14 venue, Multipurpose Room (Sinai, Building 1), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

  • 8:00-9:00 Registration of participants
  • 9:00-9:40 Opening ceremony:
    • Traditional Ceremony
    • Dr. Hamdallah Zedan, representative of Government of Egypt,
    • Dr Cristiana Pasca Palma, Executive Secretary of the SCBD,
    • Dr. Nigel Crawhall, UNESCO, LINKs programme,
    • Dr. Jane Smart, Global Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group, IUCN
    • Dr Felice Logobardi, Director of the Italian Cooperation Programme in Cairo Egypt,
    • Mrs. Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager of the GEF Small Grants Programme,
    • Mrs. Lucy Mulenkei, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity.

High Level Panel:Bringing together divergent agendas on Biological and Cultural Diversity and Visioning the Future – Living in Harmony with Nature
Facilitated by: Mrs. Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)

  • Welcome and introduction to the topic by facilitator
  • Mr. Tsunao Watanabe, Director, UNU-IAS Ishikawa/Kanazawa operating unit.Progress of Ishikawa declaration with IPLC partners
  • Dr. Nigel Crawhall, UNESCO, LINKs programme and Mrs. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC). UNESCO Engaging with indigenous peoples: Science and indigenous knowledge complementarity in climate adaptation policy-making.
  • Dr. Jamison Ervin, Manager Global Programme on Nature for Development, UNDP.Local action for biodiversity, climate and livelihoods: How investing in and learning from community-based initiatives can advance the post-2020 agenda.
  • Dr Carmelo Armetta, Italian Cooperation Programme. Long-term partnerships for preserving Biodiversity and Cultural Heritage: a brief overview on 25 years of cooperation in the framework of the Egyptian Italian Environmental Programme
  • Mr. Juan Vazquez, Brahma Kumaris. Spiritual values of Biodiversity in Post 2020 process

  • 10:40-11:15 Coffee Break

Panel 1:Do Nature and Culture Need Half: community conservation approaches that enhance biocultural diversity
Facilitated by: Dr. Terence Hay-Edie, UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme

Description: The session will facilitate a dialogue and discussion on the contributions of culture and self-determined community initiatives in nature conservation and biological and cultural diversity. Panellists will highlight key social and cultural issues that should be considered in ambitious conservation targets such as “Nature Needs Half” and “Half Earth” and in the post-2020 biodiversity framework; efforts to map and document the global extent of indigenous peoples’ and communities collective territories and areas; and examples of territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities. The moderated discussion led by the ICCA Consortium and GEF SGP will focus on current challenges and opportunities indigenous peoples and local communities face in securing, governing and managing their ‘territories of life’, in addition to the local and global actions needed to achieve equitable, inclusive and self-determined conservation. Expected results include recommendations in the Summit’s declaration for support and recognition of the importance of self-determined conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities in contributing to the achievement of the Aichi Targets, Sustainable Development Goals, and the relative share of Nature and Culture as part of the post-2020 target-setting agenda..

General presentations

  • Mr. Dominique Bikaba, Strong Roots Congo, and Holly Jonas, ICCA Consortium.Current debates on big, bold conservation targets such as “Half Earth/Whole Earth” and “Nature Needs Half” and opportunities and implications for Indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Mr. Ghanimat Azhdari, Cenesta. Global perspectives on estimated extent of Planet Earth that is governed, managed, conserved or otherwise controlled by Indigenous peoples and local communities, and their contributions to biodiversity.
  • Mrs. Edith Bastidas, GEF SGP Indigenous Fellow and Red de Mujeres Indígenas sobre Biodiversidad de América Latina y El Caribe (RMIB-LAC), and Mrs. Vivienne Solis Rivera, CoopeSoliDar. Strengthening our capacities and building alliances: LAC perspective on recognising the collective contributions of indigenous peoples and local communities, including women, in the post-2020 biodiversity framework.

Presentation on experiences

  • Mr. Teddy Baguilat, Jr.,BUKLURAN.Strategic approaches to securing legal recognition of territories and areas conserved by Indigenous peoples: experiences from the Philippines with legislative recognition of ICCAs and interaction with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act.
  • Dr. Yousria Hamed, UNDP Egyptian Italian Environmental Cooperation Project. Community-based Natural Resources Management Schemes: a tool for enhancing biocultural diversity in Egypt’s protected areas.
  • Mr. Tonio Sadik and Mrs. Darcy (Joseph) Tootoosis, Assembly of First Nations. Weaving reconciliation into conservation: experiences from Canada with recognising and supporting Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.
  • Mrs. Edna Kaptoyo, GEF SG Indigenous Fellow and International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests (IAITPTF) and Mrs. Reisa Kaso, Il Ngwesi Conservancy. Strategies to secure space for conservation by Indigenous peoples and communities in Kenya: from community protocols to conservancies to litigation.

Audience exchange of experience

Conclusions and key messages

  • 13:00-14:30 Pause
  • Continuation Panel 1

Panel 2: Connecting people and place: an exchange on biocultural indicators
Facilitated by: Eleanor Sterling, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History and IUCN WCPA and Alejandra Pero, UNDP GEF Small Grants Program and IUCN WCPA

Description: Building on the work of the Action Group on Knowledge Systems and Indicators of Wellbeing, the session will explore indicators that link biological and cultural diversity through the lens of relationships between humans and nature. Session panelists will provide a brief overview of the topic and highlight several examples of biocultural indicators from groups who are actively using them in their work. This session is expected to support meeting participants in sharing, comparing, and contrasting place-based indicators across organizations and scales. Our results will feed into the Summit declaration and may also be shared more widely with other community-based groups who are developing indicators using a biocultural approach.

General presentations

  • Welcome and introduction to the topic by facilitators
  • Mr. Zsolt Molnár, MTA Centre for Ecological Research. A global view on indicators developed and used by IPLC to monitor changes in biocultural diversity.
  • Mr. William Dunbar, IPSI/UNU-IAS. Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes
  • Mrs. Mrinalini (Tina) Rai, Global Forest Coalition (GFC). Gender-responsive indicators for an inclusive Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework.
  • Mrs. Joji Carino, Forest Peoples Programme. Areas for future collaboration on biological and cultural diversity indicators

  • Q & A and exchange of experiences with the audience

  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Saturday-24 November 2018


Presentation on experiences

  • Mr. Adam Ole Mwarabu, Global Justice Ecology Project, Tanzania. Maasai indigenous knowledge of climate and biodiversity as a resource for national adaptation
  • Mr. Houssine Nibani, Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources, Morocco. Comanagement of the Al Hoceima Marine Protected Area, through the synthesis of local biocultural knowledge and precise ex situ knowledge measurement methods
  • Mrs. Thingreiphi (Athing) Lungharwo, GEF SGP IP Fellow, Naga, India.Culturally Appropriate Indicators of Well-being in reference to the Tangkul Naga Indigenous People
  • Mrs. Chrissy Grant, Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner, Australia. Experience with indicator development with Traditional Owners in Australia
  • Ms Florence Daguitan, Centres of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge. Indigenous and local knowledge indicators for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Audience exchange of experience

Conclusions and key messages

  • Mrs. Yolanda Teran, Indigenous Women Network on Biodiversity

Panel discussion and round-table 3: “Human rights for thriving indigenous peoples, local communities and healthy ecosystems”.
Facilitated by: Ms Pernilla Malmer, Senior Advisor, SwedBio at SRC, and Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Intl. Environmental Law Advisor, SwedBio at SRC

VENUE: COP 14 venue, Multipurpose Room (Sinai, Building 1), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Description: The CBD recognizes the important contribution of the collective actions of indigenous peoples and local communities in protecting cultural and biological diversity. This session will engage in a dialogue on how to best ensure their human rights to continue, and further develop, their customary sustainable practices for biodiversity and ecosystem governance, to the benefit of resilient biocultural systems and human well-being.

To achieve this, the session aims to contribute to co-development of a strategy on integrated sustainability and human-rights based approaches in the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the achievement of the SDGs. It also aims to build partnerships across indigenous peoples and local communities, Parties and international organizations with an emphasis on gender and youth, for the global recognition and implementation of the human right to a healthy environment.

Concrete tools and strategies that can contribute to understand and implement the social and cultural dimensions of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, building on a diversity of contributions from indigenous peoples and local communities, women and youth will be presented. Key outcomes of multi-actor dialogue processes that has engaged with indigenous peoples and local communities along with other actors, will be shared such the global dialogue on human rights and conservation in 2017 and the peer to peer dialogue on weaving together Sustainable Development Goal 16 and human rights in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in 2018.

General presentations

  • 9:30-10:00 Morning coffee
  • 10:00 Welcome and introduction to the topic by facilitators
  • Prof. David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment. Video-message: "Human Rights, Responsibilities, and the Protection of Biodiversity" (8 minutes)
  • Ms. Niamh Brannigan, UN Environment. The Environmental Rights Initiative
  • Mr. Gam Shimray, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Human Rights and Biodiversity Conservation: Collective action by environmental rights defenders for an environment of peace and sustainability
  • Q & A and exchange of experiences with the first panel and the audience.

Presentation on experiences

  • Mr. Joseph Itongwa, DRC, ICCA Consortium, Mainstreaming of human rights and biodiversity conservation: Experiences from DRC with recognizing and supporting ICCAs in the midst of exclusionary protected areas, forest concessions and violent conflict
  • Ms. Melina Sakiyama, Global Youth Biodiversity Network. Human Rights of Children and Youth: Securing a sustainable future through intergenerational learning and curriculum integrating biocultural heritage.
  • Mrs. Lucy Mulenkei, Kenya, Indigenous Women´s Biodiversity Network (IWBN). Gender equality for thriving biocultural landscapes in the post 2020 global biodiversity framework

Audience exchange of experience

Key questions to discuss with the audience include:

  • How are the global recognition of the human rights to a healthy and sustainable environment and biodiversity governance connected?
  • How can human rights including gender equality be integrated as a cross-cutting dimension of all targets in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework?
  • How can an enabling environment for indigenous peoples and local communities and other environmental rights defenders that are protecting their territories, biodiversity and knowledge be safeguarded, so they can exercise their rights and associated biocultural dimensions?

Conclusions and key messages

  • 13:00-14:30 Pause


Declaration, Presentation of conclusions and next step forward
Facilitated by the SCBD

  • Discussion on next steps
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee break
  • Presentation of International Declaration by the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity

Cultural Night-Reception / 20th Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network and SGP 25th anniversary
Facilitated by IWBN

Venue: Cop 14 venue, Event Tent (Building 2, close to the Food Court)

  • 17:30 to 20:00
  • Remarks from Mrs. Lucy Muleneki, Mrs. Florina Lopez Miro and Mrs. Yoko Watanabe, Co-chairs
  • Remarks from the Dr. Yousria Hamed, Government of Egypt,
  • Remarks by Dr Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the SCBD,
  • Remarks by Mr. Ramiro Batzin, Global Coordinator, IIFB,
  • Small Grants Programme 25th anniversary book launch:
    • SGP short introductory video
    • Book launch by Mrs. Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager of the GEF Small Grants Programme
  • Book Launch Ceremony: Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation, UNESCO
    • Chairperson: Mr. Nigel Crawhall, Chief, Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge, Science Sector, UNESCO
    • Book Co-editors: Ms. Jen Rubis (Dayak) and Mr. Doug Nakashima, LINKS programme, UNESCO
    • Mrs. Minnie Degawan(Kankanaey Igorot), Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Programme, Conservation International
  • Awards’ Ceremony
  • Artistic and cultural presentations of indigenous peoples and local communities, especially indigenous women
  • Closing remarks