ICIMOD Participates in the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

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ICIMOD’s participation in the Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, included the organization of two side events and co-organization of a third side event. A number of other activities increased ICIMOD’s visibility at the event, including participation in a poster competition, for which ICIMOD’s poster won the Public Choice Award, as well as the distribution of ICIMOD publications.

ICIMOD’s transboundary landscape conservation initiatives were showcased in an event on 12 October co-organized with the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development and other partners. The side event on Managing Biodiversity in Transboundary Landscapes in the Hindu Kush Himalayas shared lessons from different stages in the development and implementation of inter-country initiatives. Presentations also highlighted future opportunities for cooperation in the conservation and development of these landscapes. Speaking on the occasion, Christian Glass of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) appreciated the work facilitated by ICIMOD in four of the seven transboundary landscapes and committed to support collaborative conservation and development initiatives of the Kailash Sacred Landscape over the next five years. Additionally, representatives from Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan showed keen interest to intensify cooperation for the management of the Brahmaputra-Salween, Kailash, Kangchenjunga, and Karakoram-Pamir transboundary landscapes.

The second side event on Conserving the High Altitude Wetlands of the Hindu Kush Himalayas brought together experts from around the region to share lessons learnt, raise awareness about the value of these unique and productive ecosystems at both the regional and global levels, and highlight various high-altitude wetlands initiatives from the region.

Together with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), ICIMOD organized a third side event on Operationalizing the Nagoya Protocol in South Asia which focused on the status of biodiversity resources in SAARC countries and the domestic mechanisms for safeguarding and equitable sharing of benefits of commercialization of biodiversity resources in SAARC countries in the context of the Nagoya Protocol. Presentations also highlighted experiences of jointly safeguarding regional interests and the role of SAARC in developing a regional access and benefit sharing mechanism. 

During the two-week long event, ICIMOD also showcased publications at the ICIMOD Exhibition Booth and participated in the Communication, Education, and Public Awareness Fair. In addition, a poster designed to showcase ICIMOD’s work towards meeting the global biodiversity conservation and development goals and the prioritization of the role of biodiversity within sustainable mountain development won the Public Choice Award in a Mega Poster competition organized by the CBD Secretariat.