The inaugural Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion, a collaborative outreach activity involving the Rio Convention secretariats, with the Global Environment Facility and 15 other important partners, was held from 18-28 October 2010 on the margins of the CBD COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan.
In Nagoya, the Pavilion demonstrated through thematic presentations, workshops and the worldwide web, the challenges and opportunities facing biodiversity and land managers resulting from the unavoidable and projected adverse impacts of climate change. Parties and organisations profiled activities linking biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, sustainable land management and efforts to combat desertification, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, demonstrating the many co-benefits that can be achieved in implementing the Rio Conventions.
Activities in Nagoya were organised around daily themes including;
- protected areas and climate change
- indigenous people and communities
- the linked benefits of forests
- water, ecosystems and climate change
- dryland biodiversity (Land Day 3 – The Nexus Between Biodiversity and Desertification)
- the economics of biodiversity and ecosystems services
- ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation and
- enhancing synergies for sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
Further information, including links to presentations, videos and photos from the Ecosystems Pavilion at Nagoya can be found at http://ecosystemspavilion.org. There is also a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ecosystemspavilion
In addition, information about the range of activities planned for the ‘virtual’ Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion to be held in Cancun during the UNFCCC COP 16/CMP 6 can be found at http://ecosystemspavilion.org/en/cancun. In Cancun, in addition to a number of side events, key messages from the Ecosystems Pavilion at Nagoya will be disseminated, including through the Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion exhibit.
- Anne-Marie Wilson, Convention on Biological Diversity