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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 Monday, 11 February 2008
The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA 2) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on Monday, 11 February at the FAO in Rome, Italy. Delegates convened in plenary where they heard opening statements and keynote presentations on the implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) and challenges and future prospects.

José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, WGPA 2 Chair, welcomed delegates to the meeting and underscored the importance of PAs for eradicating poverty, generating income and enhancing ecosystem services and goods.


 

Opening Statements:

   
Aldo Cosentino, on behalf of Pecoraro Scanio, Italy's Minister of Environment,underlined the importance of creating a global network of PAs and highlighted Italy’s efforts regarding PAs.
Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, outlined CBD activities relating to PoWPA implementation.
Jan Heino, FAO, gave an overview of FAO activities regarding PAs.



Keynote presentations and general statements:

   
Emanuel Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, highlighted the limitations of local responses to biodiversity loss, and called on delegates to implement PA management in an integrated manner. 
Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico, outlined activities and achievements of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas.
Guy Suzon Ramangason, Ministry of Environment, Water, Forests and Tourism, Madagascar, presented on his country’s achievements regarding participatory PA management.

 

Marc Hockings, University of Queensland, Australia, presented the findings of a global study of management effectiveness evaluation in PAs.

Maria Cecília Wey de Brito, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil, emphasized initiatives to improve PA management effectiveness, including the Chico Mendes Institute of Amazon Studies and the Amazon Region Protected Areas Programme.


   
Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Pakistan, noted the usefulness of regional and sub-regional workshops and related capacity development activities in the region.
Dalia Salabarria Fernández, Cuba, highlighted the lack of financial resources for implementing national and regional PA systems.

Victor Canton, Uruguay, pointed out that his country has developed a national system of PAs, which includes a multi-sectoral commission with involvement of public and private sectors, NGOs and academia.


 
Onel Masardule, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity
Chandrika Sharma, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers

 


Julia Miranda, Colombia
Cheng Wei Xue, China


Brazilian Delegates
Mr G. Balachandhran, India

   
Arild Lindgaard, Norway
Akram Eissa Darwich, Syria
Abdelhakim Aissaoui, Tunisia




 

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