Amazon Ecosystem – based Comservation Vision implementing the biodiversity Aichi Targets



Posted on 18 October 2012  | 
Hyderabad, India. October 11th , 2012 – There is a need to accelerate the expansión of the global protected areas network in priority regions, as the Amazon Region for exmaple, and expand management effectiveness assessments, improve the connectivity of protected areas and the integration of surrounding landscapes and seascapes. This is due to the importance of developing ecological networks and protected areas systems to achieve a greater representation in conservation and contributions to climate regulation. Those have been the key point of debate in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

During CBD Conference of PArties (CoP – 11), being held in Hyderabad, India, the progress in the implementation of the Action Plan (2010 – 2020) of the Amazon Ecosystem-bases Conservation Vision was presented as an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of the Aichi Targets. Jualia Miranda, the National Parks Director and the Coordinator of the Latin – American Network for Technical Cooperation in National Park, Other Prected Areas, Wild Flora and Fauna (REDPARQUES), explained that the implementation of this Action Plan will contribute to guarantee an ecological healthy Amazon Biome that maintains its environmental and cultural contribution to local communities, Indigenous Peoples, the countries of the region, and the world.

“Working together in a common visión in the Amazon, the countries –in partnerhip with techinical networks, CBD Secretariat, IUCN, and WWF – can strengthen the effective identification of conservation opportunity areas, considering representativity, climate change and funcionality and complement the national gap analysis with a regional approach. Moreover, this has improved the cooperation among countries on relevant issues such protected areas management effectiveness”, stated Julia Miranda during the side event at CBD Cop – 11.

Amazon countries

In the side – event the Directors of Protected Areas of Brazil and Peru made interventions supporting this regional effort. “ The Amazon biome contains today 2.16% of all protected areas worldwide and 76% of protected areas that were establishes in the world between 2003 and 2009, this effort has been supported by Amazon Protected Areas Programme (ARPA) in the Brazilian Amazon” stated Ana Paula Prates, Protected Areas Director at Brazilian Environment Ministry.-

Besides, Prates mentiones that “at last CoP of the Ramsar Convention, we Support the idea of the Colombian Government to develop also a complementary regional action implementatios in the Amazon. This wil strengthen the cooperation between the CBD and the Ramsar Convention.” And those initiatives together, will make the Amazon an implementing model of global conventions, addes Ximena Barrea from WWF Living Amazon Initiative.

The delegate from SERNANP Peru, Rudy Valdivia stated: “We recognise the importance to work with the countires in transboundary areas in regions such as the one of the Tri – National Programme, wich is an initiative of the protected areas of Colombia, Ecuador and Perú, as a concrete example of the implementation of the Amazon Conservation Vision”.

“Currently there is a LifeWeb Expression of Interest of the Amazon Conservation Vision, and we are inviting potential donors to Support more action and implementation trough this concrete innovative regional approach”, stated Charles Bessanson, coordinator of the CBD LifeWev Initiative who was chairing the side event. “This is an invitation to be part of this initiative and Support the current efforts in the Amazon Region”, added Ximena.

Aichi Targets

According to the Protected Areas Report 2012, compiled by UNEO – WCMC, in cooperation with IUCN and other partners, related to tracking the progress towards global targets for protected areas, there are still challenges for the implementation of the target 11.

“We believe that in the Amazon the whole is more than the sum of the parts and only through far-reaching and powerful partnerships with governments, civil society, aid agencies, private sector, regional conventions and agreements and other stakeholders at national and regional level, will achieve the transformational processes needed to bring about an alternative scenario for the most important regions in the planet”, stated Kathy Mackinnon, from IUCN WCPA.

Julia Miranda said the Amazon Vision has improved the cooperation among countries an relevant issues, such protected areas management, effectiveness, key elements for the implementation of the Aichi Targets. “In these regional efforts, for the implementation of the Aichi Targets, it is important to Support three aspects: monitoring, capacity and finance.”

Claudio Maretti, WWF Living Amazon Initiative leader, explains that protected areas cannot be seen just as isolated spaces to protect species, but an opportunity to promote sustainable development, particularly in the case of the Amazon Region. “Environmental degradation is affecting health, local economies and is a growing source of conflicts. The importance of the protected área system in the region is to ensure the conservation of biodiversity, curbing deforestation and maintaining the provision of essentual ecological services including wáter systems, climate change mitigation, and social and cultural richness”.
Aerial view of flooded forest during rainy season with floating plants, Rio Negro Forest Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil.
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