Report from Workshop on Synergies Among the Rio Conventions Released

CBDFebruary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the workshop on capacity building for pilot countries on the implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions.

The workshop was held from 29 October-2 November 2012, in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Workshop participants heard presentations from pilot countries, including Viet Nam, New Caledonia and Bermuda, as well as presentations on tools and activities. A representative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) focused on the UNEP Decision Support Framework for ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation and a series of guidelines on ecosystem-based adaptation; a Birdlife International representative addressed the opportunities for synergies offered through the Aichi targets, especially with regards to ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation and REDD+; and a UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) representative presented on the UNEP-Global Environment Facility (GEF) project "Integrating approaches to national reporting to the Rio Conventions," intended to reduce the reporting burden on countries through improving the harmonization of reports to CBD, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Workshop participants then discussed: ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation; integrated coastal zone management; REDD+; institutional capacity building for synergies; invasive alien species (IAS) and climate change; sustainable land management; economic valuation; and emerging issues, including climate-related geoengineering, financing, blue carbon and gender mainstreaming. A discussion was then held on gaps, needs and next steps, in order to ensure that the pilot partnership continues to deliver benefits to the pilot countries. [Publication: Workshop Report: Capacity-Building for Pilot Countries on the Implementation of Synergies among the Rio Conventions] [Meeting Documents]