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DIVERSITAS events and activities at COP12 (6 - 17 October 2014, Republic of Korea)

DIVERSITAS, its core projects and its partners held a series of events and activities at COP12, held 6-17 October 2014 in Pyeong Chang, Republic of Korea

Introduction of GBO-4 in the COP12 Opening Plenary © Krug

DIVERSITAS and its partners held a series of activities and events at COP12 on the following items of the agenda:

Launch of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 and of its Technical Support Document

Press conference: Launch of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (GBO-4)

Panel at the press conference © Krug

The GBO-4 was launched in a live event, broadcasted via webstream on the website of the Host Government of COP 12, Republic of Korea. Journalists and delegates attending the COP were able to ask questions, along with journalists from overseas, who submitted questions via twitter.

Speakers at this event included:

  • H.E. Mr. Seongkyu Yoon, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea
  • Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Paul Leadley, Lead Author, Professor in the Ecology systematics and Evolution Laboratory, Université Paris-Sud, and Chair of the DIVERSITAS/FUTURE EARTH bioDISCOVERY project
  • Jae Chun Choe , Ewha Womans University
  • Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.

Watch the video of the press conference here.

Related side events organised by DIVERSITAS and its partners:

  • The Science behind GBO-4 - Introducing the technical support document

The technical support document of the GBO-4 was introduced at this side event, which was broadcast over the web stream of the host country. Delegates heard about  the different lines of evidence used for the assessment of the state of biodiversity, and received more detailed information on findings and country case studies related to specific targets. Delegates present used the opportunity to interact with chapter lead authors directly, and engaged in animated discussion.

Speakers at the event included:

Watch the video of the side event here.

Programme of the side event here.

Presenters at the side event © IISD reporting services

  • Bridging biodiversity science and society: a Youth contribution towards mainstreaming GBO-4 findings

Jointly hosted by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and DIVERSITAS

In this side event, which was broadcasted via the web stream of the host country, delegates received a short introduction to the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, and its main messages. The GBYN then introduced its programme and objectives, and participants heard testimonials from youth how their activities and work contribute to achieving the Aichi Targets.

Speakers in the side event included among others:

  • Cornelia Krug, DIVERSITAS bioDISCOVERY project
  • Alexandra Marques, iDIV
  • Melina Sakiyama, GYBN and DIVERSITAS bioGENESIS project

This project was also presented during the hight level segment.

Watch the video of the side event here.

Programme of the side event here.

Side event "Access and Benefit-Sharing in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Science-Policy dialogue for academic research"

Jointly organised by S-CBD, DIVERSITAS, the International Council for Science Regional Office for LAC (ICSU-ROLAC), the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS).

Though academic research contributes essential elements to the conservation, sustainable use and valuation of biological resources, it is often faced with challenges in accessing these resources. Some of these challenges may be attributed to the legal and administrative requirements for accessing biological resources. One of the reasons why these requirements can become obstructive might lie in the difficulties met by academic researchers and governmental agencies in communicating and understanding each other because they work in different “worlds” (e.g. use of different vocabulary and concepts, and different modes of operating). This side event presented the outcomes of the project on Access and Benefit-sharing in Latin America and the Caribbean: A science-policy dialogue for academic research (more information here) for the implementation of Article 8(a) of the Nagoya Protocol.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Karine Payet-Lebourges, DIVERSITAS
  • Natalia Aguilar-Delgado, S-CBD
  • Anne-Helene Prieur-Richard, DIVERSITAS
  • Lily O. Rodriguez, University of Bonn
  • Susette Biber-Klemm, SCNAT
  • Arturo Mora, IUCN-Sur
  • Manuela da Silva, Fiocruz

Programme of the side event here.

Biodiversity and health

Launch of The State Of Knowledge Review On Biodiversity And Health: “Framing Biodiversity And Health In The Context Of The Post-2015 Development Agenda”

Organised by S-CBD and partners.

The event featured keynote presentations from Dr Braulio F. de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, S-CBD, and Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Climate Change and Health Team Lead, World Health Organization, followed by a multidisciplinary discussion panel on thematic issue areas included in the State of Knowledge Review on biodiversity and health (under COP 12 Agenda item 16) from several core partners who have co-led work for the publication in an effort to mobilise plenary discussion under the CBD-WHO joint work programme.

Programme of the side event here.

Panelists: D Hunter, Bioversity International, P Eyzaguirre, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), Romanelli, S-CBD, C Machalaba, EcoHealth Alliance& DIVERSITAS,  A-H Prieur-Richard, DIVERSITAS, S Subramanian, UNU Institute for Advanced Studies, A Timoshyna, TRAFFIC International © IISD reporting services

Side event "Tackling common drivers of disease and biodiversity loss: a One Health approach"

Jointly organised by S-CBD, EcoHealth Alliance, DIVERSITAS, DIVERSITAS-FUTURE EARTH ecoHEALTH, IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group, UNU, TRAFFIC and WHO.

Human disease and biodiversity loss share common drivers, providing opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration for co-benefits for health and biodiversity. For example, the overexploitation of wild fauna and flora places pressure on wild populations and threatens the health-supporting ecosystem services they provide, as well as enabling pathogen transmission and spread across species. Infectious diseases present a major direct burden to human health, with over one billion human cases globally each year, and also are increasingly recognised as a threat to other species (including but not limited to plants and terrestrial and marine animals) and have major implications for ecosystems as a whole, as well as food security and the provision of other ecosystem services. A “One Health” approach that considers the connections between humans, animals and environment allows for a more integrated and proactive mechanism for tackling shared health and biodiversity concerns. The event is intended as a presentation and discussion forum to complement the CBD-WHO State of Knowledge Review on Biodiversity and Health to be launched at COP 12, and to engage participants in relevant discussion under COP 12 agenda item 16, on biodiversity and health.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Dr David Cooper, S-CBD, Welcome & Introductory Remarks
  • Dr Anne- Hélène Prieur-Richard, DIVERSITAS, Drivers of infectious diseases and biodiversity loss
  • Ms. Catherine Machalaba, EcoHealth Alliance& DIVERSITAS ecoHEALTH project, The added value of a One Health Approach
  • Ms. Anastasiya Timoshyna, TRAFFIC International, Saving Species That Save Lives And Livelihoods: Towards Sustainable And Legal Trade
  • Dr Suneetha Subramanian, SUNU Institute for Advanced Studies, Medical Inheritance? Integrating Traditional Medical Practices In Tackling Public Healthcare
  • Ms. Cristina Romanelli, S-CBD, One Health for the Biodiversity Community and the Aichi Targets

Programme of the side event here.

DIVERSITAS statements at COP12

DIVERSITAS delivered a series of statements on the following topics:

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