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ICIMOD at the tenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP-10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 18-29 October, Nagoya, Japan




Nagoya, Japan

Date & Time

18 October 2010 to 29 October 2010

The CBD COP-10 held from 18-29 October in Nagoya, Japan is regarded as one of the successful meetings on biodiversity where a new ten year strategic plan has been adopted, a resource mobilisation strategy has been set that paves the way to increase level of financial resources in support of implementation of CBD, and a new international protocol on access and benefit sharing from the use of genetic resources of the planet has been adopted.

ICIMOD as a regional knowledge development and learning centre attended the meeting as an observer and followed the negotiation processes and the Plenary Sessions on many CBD agendas including the Programme of Work on Mountain Biodiversity (PoW-MB) and Programme of Work on Mountain Protected Areas (PoW-PA). ICIMOD tried to bring to the international notice the collective efforts of the Centre and the regional member countries in the implementation of the PoW-MB in the region, as well as the IYB 2010 celebrations. The Centre hosted, co-hosted, and participated in a series of events and activities in and around the meeting. Three different side events on transboundary conservation, challenges on mountain biodiversity conservation in the context of climate change, and International Year of Biodiversity celebrations were organised. ICIMOD shared and presented its mission, initiatives and approaches for conservation and management of biodiversity in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region by holding an exhibition booth during the Interactive Fair for Biodiversity. Scientific and general posters covering various topics related to biodiversity, water, and livelihoods were also displayed during the Poster session and Communication, Education and Public Awareness Fair. ICIMOD has been recognized as one of the major partners for the implementation of PoW-MB by the CBD Secretariat. The activities in detail are given below. For further information, please contact, Sunita Chaudhary.

1. ICIMOD-UNEP-IUCN WCPA Side Event: Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation: A strategy towards an ecosystem approach for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity and supporting adaptation to climate change

The event was organised by ICIMOD in collaboration with UNEP, and IUCN-WCPA to raise awareness among the international community of the role of ecosystem and landscape approaches for achieving global conservation targets in transboundary areas in the mountains. Dr. Andreas Schild from ICIMOD, Prof. Chirstian Koerner from the University of Basel, Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw from UNEP, Ms. Penelope Figgies AO from the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and Mr. Warren Evans from the World Bank were the panelists of the side event. Conservation scientists at the event emphasised the importance of biodiversity management in mountain regions at Nagoya, as well as the need to develop a global network for long-term ecological research in mountain areas, combined with strong national institutions, and to reduce scientific uncertainty.

Venue: Nagoya City University
Date: 22 October 2010
Time: 18:15 to 19:45
Organiser: ICIMOD in collaboration with UNEP and IUCN-WCPA
Contact Persons: Nakul Chettri and Sunita Chaudhary

Download the event flyer (PDF, 128KB)

2. ICIMOD Side Event: Facing the Challenges of Mountain Biodiversity Conservation and Management in a Changing Climate across the HKH Region

The side event was organised by ICIMOD in partnership with the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries on 25 October 2010, to raise awareness among the international community about the HKH region’s vulnerability as a hotspot for biodiversity and climate change. The HKH countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan called on the global community to pay attention to the vulnerability of the region as a hotspot for biodiversity and climate change, and emphasised the importance of regional cooperation for the management of biodiversity. They highlighted the dynamics of mountain biodiversity, and the way that the lives of mountain people are influenced by the interplay of climate and other drivers of change. An analysis of the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity by the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries was also presented at the event.

Venue: Room 212 A Building 2, First Floor
Date: 25 October 2010
Time: 16:30 to 18:00
Organiser: ICIMOD
Contact Persons: Eklabya Sharma and Sunita Chaudhary

Download the event flyer (PDF, 136KB)


3. CEPA Side Event: Communicating International Year of Biodiversity 2010 Celebrations in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region

Date: Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Venue: CEPA Fair, First Floor, Building 2
Time: 10:15 – 11:30 am
Organiser: ICIMOD
PresentersNira Gurung and Sunita Chaudhary

The CEPA side event was organised during the CEPA Fair to communicate the celebrations of International Year of Biodiversity with the wider international global community. The panelists presented the events and activities which were held at national, regional and international level to commemorate the theme of IYB by ICIMOD. The national events section included Biodiversity show/Open House, Street drama, and Promoting Herbal Gardens in Schools. The e-discussion on gender and biodiversity, photo contest on mountain biodiversity were the regional events whereas the participation in SBSTTA-14 and COP-10 were the international events. ICIMOD’s publications especially for IYB were also presented and a video of herbal monitoring was showed at the event.

Download the event flyer (PDF, 127KB)

4. Interactive Fair for Biodiversity, 18-29 October 2010

Date:    Monday 18 – Friday 29 October 2010
Stall No.:  S 182
Time: 9.45 – 20.00
Organiser: ICIMOD
ContactNira Gurung

An exhibition booth was held from 9 AM-5 PM for 11 days where the Centre shared, presented and discussed about ICIMOD’s mission, approaches, and initiatives taken by the centre for conservation and management of biodiversity in the region. Thousands of COP-10 participants including the local people visited the booth and were very keen to know more about ICIMOD’s work in the region. DVDs, calendar, and information sheets were distributed to the wider global scientific community as well as to the general public. The scientific publications which were on display were also distributed to the public due to their high demand and some visitors signed up for regular information updates of ICIMOD.

5. Poster Session, 18-22 October 2010

Date: Monday 18 – Friday 22 October 2010
Venue: Nagoya Convention Centre
Time: 9.45 – 20.00
Organiser: ICIMOD
ContactSunita Chaudhary

A total of 5 ICIMOD posters covering various topics related to mountain biodiversity, livelihoods, and events related with the International Year of Biodiversity were displayed for five days from 18-22 October 2010 at the COP-10 venue. ICIMOD interacted with the scientific community during the session. Three posters on herbal gardens and conservation connectivity were also displayed at the Gakuin University (offsite location of COP-10 venue) in Nagoya.



6. Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair

Date: Saturday 23 – Tuesday 26 October 2010
Venue: Room 216 A, First Floor of Building 2, Nagoya Congress Centre
Time: 9.00 – 18.00
Organiser: ICIMOD
ContactSunita Chaudhary

ICIMOD presented posters at the fair highlighting the Centre’s celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity. We communicated with the wider public the value of mountain biodiversity for the livelihoods of the people in the region. Publications were displayed and distributed at the Fair along with the interaction with the COP-10 participants.



Newsletters from the Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN):

  1. Asia-Pacific Mountain Courier : Vol. 11, No. 1 (2010)
  2. Asia Pacific Mountain Courier: Winter Vol. 1 No. 2 (2010)
  3. Asia Pacific Moutain Courier : Summer, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2009)
  4. Archive

Selected events with ICIMOD participation

7. Side event: Implementation of the CBD programme of work on mountain biodiversity: regional approaches

Date: Wednesday, 27 October
Time: 13:15 – 14:45
Venue: Room 233B – Bldg 2 – 3rd Floor
OrganisersUNEP Vienna with partners including ICIMOD

The side event was jointly hosted by UNEP Vienna with ICIMOD, Alpine Convention, Carpathian Convention, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment, and the CBD Secretariat. Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf (Executive Secretary of the CBD Secretariat), Minister Niki Berlakovich from Austria, Minister Roko Zarnic from Slovenia, Minister Pema Gyamtsho from Bhutan, Minister Antonio Brack from Peru, State Secretary Cristi an Aposto from Romania, and Mr. Kassahun Embaye from Ethiopia were the key speakers at the side event. The key speakers highlighted the importance of mountains, the services it provides to the global community and the need to manage it together. The high level representatives from the European Commission, CBD Secretariat, Austrian Embassy, WCPA and UNEP Vienna were also at the event. Dr. Eklabya Sharma represented ICIMOD at the event and chaired the high level session. ICIMOD’s work and its regional initiatives for conservation and management of biodiversity in the HKH region were highlighted and appreciated by the panelists.

Download the event flyer (PDF, 313KB).

Read more at http://www.cbd.int/cop10/side-events/?mtg=cop-10

Selected publications and publicity materials brought out for IYB and in conjunction with COP-10

Printed versions of most of the following will be available at our information booth at COP 10, and can also be obtained on request from ICIMOD, Kathmandu. Please write to Ms Nira Gurung

Information sheets and flyers

    1. Biodiversity in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas: Frequently asked questions (2010)
    2. Gender Mainstreaming in Biodiversity Conservation and Management in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region (2010)
    3. The International Year of Biodiversity: Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life. (2010)

Side event flyers

    1. Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation: A strategy towards the Ecosystem Approach of the CBD and adaptation to climate change (PDF, 182KB)
    2. Facing the Challenges of Mountain Biodiversity Conservation and Management in Changing Climate across the HKH region (PDF, 136KB)
    3. Communicating the International Year of Biodiversity: Celebrations in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region (PDF, 127KB)


    1. Mountain Biodiversity of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, International Year of Biodiversity 2010
    2. Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity: a retrospective analysis in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries


    1. Biodiversity DVD (collection of publications and others)
    2. Bookmarks (set of 15 bookmarks with information related to biodiversity and its role in people’s lives in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas)
    3. Posters
    4. Calendar 2011 Biodiversity for a Better  Livelihood

Related websites

List of presentations

Please find all the materials presented during different ICIMOD side events, as downloadable resources.

Presentations – October 25, 2010
Presentation – October 27, 2010

Draft for Discussion.

Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity: A retrospective analysis in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region by Bharat Desai, Krishna Prasad oli, Yang Yongping, Nakul Chettri, and Eklabya Sharma

This paper has been prepared as a preprint for discussion and comments in support of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and in particular the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (CBD COP 10) being held in Nagoya, Japan in October. The CBD 2010 biodiversity targets are being assessed globally this year. The fragile environments of mountainous countries are home to many threatened and endemic species and are particularly susceptible to the loss of biodiversity, which was recognised in the COP CBD agreement on a special ‘Programme of Work on Mountain Biodiversity’ in 2004. The paper looks at the progress that has been made towards implementing the CBD in the eight mountain countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan, and discusses briefly the need for regional cooperation in helping to conserve biodiversity.

Comments are requested by 1 December 2010 to  Eklabya Sharma