Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion

September 30, 2010

Linking biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management

The Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion is a collaborative outreach activity involving the Rio Convention secretariats, with the Global Environment Facility and other important partners. The SCBD’s LifeWeb is also playing a key role.

A platform for raising awareness and sharing information about the latest practices and scientific findings on the co-benefits that can be realized through implementation of the three Rio Conventions, the Pavilion is an example of enhanced collaboration between the Rio Conventions, as mandated by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 64/203 of 14 December 2009.

Launched in the International Year of Biodiversity, the Pavilion will highlight, through thematic presentations, workshops and the worldwide web, the challenges and opportunities for biodiversity and land managers resulting from the unavoidable and projected adverse impacts of climate change.

At the Pavilion, Parties and organizations will profile activities that link biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, sustainable land management and efforts to combat desertification, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The multiple benefits derived through these activities and their contribution towards sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will also be presented.

The Pavilion will be convened in 2010 at the CBD COP 10 (18-29 October 2010) in Nagoya, Japan and the UNFCCC COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico (29 November – 10 December 2010).

In 2011, the Pavilion will be convened at the UNCCD COP 10 in Changwon, Republic of Korea (10-21 October, 2011) and the UNFCCC COP 17 in South Africa (December, 2011).

The Pavilion partners will also extend the momentum of these collaborative outreach initiatives to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in 2012 (Rio +20).

Further information, including Pavilion partners can be found here.