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Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended
Working Group on Protected Areas



11 February - 15 February 2008 | Rome, Italy

Highlights from Friday, 15 February 2008
Delegates to the second meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA 2) convened in plenary throughout the day where they considered revised conference room papers (CRP) on Review of Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) and Options for Mobilizing, as a Matter of Urgency, through Different Mechanisms Adequate and Timely Financial Resources for the Implementation of the (PoWPA).

During closing plenary on Friday, delegates adopted two heavily bracketed recommendations to the Conference of the Parties: the Review of Implementation of the PoWPA; and Options for Mobilizing Financial Resources for the Implementation of the PoWPA.



Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, WGPA 2 Chair

 


Closing Plenary:
 

Mary Fosi, Rapporteur, presented the draft report of the meeting (UNEP/CBD/WG-PA/2/L.1), which was adopted with minor amendments.

Chair José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho thanked delegates, the Secretariat, NGOs and indigenous peoples who participated, stating that the extensively bracketed text would impact on the workload at COP 9. He gaveled the meeting to a close at 9:31 pm.


Closing Statements:

   
Stefan Krug, Greenpeace, expressed disappointment on procedural aspects of the meeting and its outcome, stating that the level of political impetus in the context of PAs would have to be increased before COP 9.
Gordana Beltram, Slovenia, on behalf of the EU, voiced concern regarding the lack of full consideration of financing needs, including innovative financing mechanisms and public-private partnerships.
Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, underscored the role of indigenous peoples in the conservation of biodiversity and thanked delegates for their participation.




Plenary:

Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, Chair Ositadinma Anaedu and Jo Mulongoy, CBD Secretariat


   
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil, suggested language linking PAs to poverty eradication and sustaining human wellbeing, to which parties agreed.
Cheng Wei Xue, China, proposed a diversified portfolio of financial mechanisms, and exploring the concept of payments for ecosystem goods and services.
 
Kassahun Embaye, Ethiopia, proposed a general reference to regional development banks instead of the African Development Bank.

 
Australia said that calling on countries to increase their ODA falls outside the mandate of the Working Group.

Canada questioned the proposed deletion of reference to regional technical support networks.


 
Delegates engaged in informal discussions during plenary.

   
Volodymyr Domashlinets and Yulia Bondazenko, Ukraine

Marco Vinicio Araya, Costa Rica

 
Lina Yamoub, Lebanon

 
Julia Miranda, Colombia
Janet Lowe, New Zealand

 

Robert McLean, Canada, in discussion with the CBD Secretariat.

  Delegates from Brazil, the EU and China also in informal discussion before the plenary reconvened.


 

 

 

 

 
Asheline Appleton, ENB Team Leader, Kenya
Stefan Jungcurt, ENB writer, Germany, Claudio Chiarolla, Italy, ENB writer, Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary

Angeles Estrada Vigil, Argentina, ENB Digital Editor


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