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Ecosystem services: We must now deliver societal impact

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Best practice in restoration

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Sharing knowledge and experience for regions and biodiversity


ECNC’s QualityDestination Ambassador and Advisor for South-East Europe, Ms Ayşegül Çil, contributed to the international conference ‘Regions for Biodiversity: achieving the Aichi targets’ (30 June and 1 July 2016, Barcelona, Spain). The conference was attended by high-level representatives from the local to intergovernmental level from around the world, UN and EU officials, representatives of nature conservation organizations, and stakeholders. It aimed to provide discussions and contributions that will help pave the way to COP 13.

Three panel sessions were held on how regions can achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Aichi Strategic Goals A & B, C & D, and E, respectively, were analysed and showcased with regional experiences. Ms Çil was a member of the panel ‘Aichi Strategic Goals A and B: causes of biodiversity loss and reducing direct pressures’.

Strategic Goals A and B cover the identification of drivers and direct pressures that negatively affect biodiversity conservation (Targets 1–4), and the need to reduce them and to promote sustainable use (Targets 5–10). This involves issues such as poverty reduction, subsidies, business, production and consumption schemes, and sectoral policies directly linked to biodiversity (e.g. forestry, agriculture, and aquaculture).

The panellists, from Senegal, Japan, Belgium, Morocco, Brazil, and the Netherlands, shared their knowledge and experiences. Ms Çil presented ECNC’s views on critical success factors for halting biodiversity loss. She also discussed how sectors such as responsible tourism can contribute – for instance, by taking steps to ensure that the impacts of using natural resources are kept well within safe ecological limits. She drew upon experience acquired by ECNC in the ongoing QualityDestination programme as well as previous projects.

The panel was moderated by Mr Miquel Rafa (Director for Territory and Environment, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera) and provided fruitful discussions on the role of regions and subnational governments in implementing Aichi Strategic Goals A & B.

The conference was organized by the Government of Catalonia, in collaboration with the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD).

More information and conference outcomes can be found here.

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