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Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) at CBD COP13

5-14 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

Highlights for Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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The Rio Conventions Pavilion continued under the theme ‘Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration’

IISD Reporting Services - RCP at CBD COP 13 The theme for the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) on Tuesday, 13 December, was ‘Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration.’ The session provided a forum to showcase planning and implementation measures and their degree of coordination to reduce forest habitat loss, deforestation and forest degradation.

Participants heard from countries that are championing coordinated actions and regional initiatives fostering mutual learning. Effective and replicable methodologies to assess restoration opportunities and to monitor impact were also highlighted.

The event was organized by the CBD, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), IUCN, FAO, and GEF. The Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), the Government of Mexico, the Korean Forest Service and Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) were partners.

In the morning, the first session looked at the global restoration movement and the methodologies used to monitor progress and impact, including the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) developed by IUCN and the World Resources Institute (WRI). The second session discussed country experiences, with examples from Brazil, Ethiopia, Finland, Guatemala, Mongolia and the Philippines.

In the afternoon, one session focused on approaches for monitoring global restoration commitments. A second afternoon session discussed ways and means for organizations to use partnership arrangements to leverage actions that contribute to shared restoration goals at the national level, including CPF, GPFLRP and national initiatives to support alignment of restoration actions to the CBD objectives and Aichi Targets.

The day concluded with the presentation of a Joint CPF Message on ‘Fostering Partnerships to Build Coherence and Support for Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration.’

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary report from RCP at CBD COP 13. A summary of the Rio Conventions Pavilion events is available in HTML and PDF.

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Opening Session


View of the panel during the opening session


Rafael León Negrete, National Forest Commission (CONAFOR), Mexico

Eva Ursula Müller, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD


Session 1: The Global Restoration Movement - Methodologies Used and Way Forward


View of the panel during the session


Jim Hallett, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)

Ulrich Apel, Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Bernardo Strassburg, Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainability (IIS)

Mirjam Kuzee, IUCN


A slide demonstrating approaches to forest restoration


Session 2: Country Experiences


Agena Anjulo Tanga, Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute

 Beatriz Cardona, National Forestry Institute, Guatemala

Marcial Amaro, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines


Ariuntuya Dorjsuren, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mongolia

Janne Kotiaho, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Carlos Alberto de Mattos Scaramuzza, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil



Session 3: Monitoring the Impacts of Restoration


Mirjam Kuzee, IUCN; Al Unwin, SER; Robin Chazdon, World Resources Institute (WRI); Lars Laestadius, Laestadius Consulting; Eva Ursula Müller, FAO; Janne Kotiaho, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; and Manuel Guariguata, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


Lars Laestadius, Laestadius Consulting

Manuel Guariguata, CIFOR


Al Unwin, SER

Robin Chazdon, WRI


Session 4: Partnership Support to Advance National Restoration Plans and Facilitate Implementation Measures


Panelists during the session


Peter Besseau, Canadian Forest Service

 Bethanie Walder, Executive Director, SER


Cordula Epple, UN Environment (UNEP)

Steve Johnson, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

 Evert Thomas, Bioversity International



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Specific funding for coverage of RCP at CBD COP 13 has been provided by the European Union (EU)
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