4 Dec 2016 – 17 Dec 2016 all-day
Centro de Convenciones Moon Palace Arena
Quintana Roo
CBD Secretariat
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logo-cop13ingles-finalCBD COP13

The 13th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Moon Place Conference Centre, Cancun, Mexico – 2-17 December 2016

The theme of COP13 is mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being. Mainstreaming includes conserving biodiversity where we live and work.


The VCA side-event at COP13

Verifying area-based conservation

Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 at 13:15  Contact Group 8 Meeting Room, Universal Building, main floor

The Verified Conservation Area (VCA) Approach aims to recognise and support conservation in the areas where we live and work. It directly addresses priority issues addressed by SBSTTA 20 for COP13 including the mainstreaming of biodiversity and other effective area-based conservation measures across sectors.

The session presented progress to date in the design and implementation of the VCA Approach. This included an overview of pilot VCAs in countries such as Indonesia, Mozambique, the Solomon Islands, Uganda, Yemen as well as several Member States of the European Union. Through a panel discussion, it explored options for scaling up this incentive measure for mainstreaming area-based conservation into sectors to promote sustainable production, ecosystem restoration and resource mobilisation.

Speakers included representatives of the VCA Board and Partners including Arthur Eijs from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Maxwell Gomera from UN Environment, Carlos Rodriguez from Conservation International and the Government of Costa Rica, Ulrich Stöcker from the German Environmental Action Fund, and Sebastian Winkler from the Global Footprint Network.

VCA Approach presentation

CBD side-event webpage: https://www.cbd.int/side-events/1809

VCA Approach website: http://ConserveAreas.org

Other events where the VCA Approach will be active

2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum – 02-03 December – details on cbd.int & more details on the cop13.mx.

Exploratory lunch with CAF (the Development Bank of Latin America) – 03 December – invitation only

VCAs as a potential framework for RESP (Responsible Ecosystem Platform) Projects – 03 December – invitation only

Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures – 06 December at 18:15 – https://www.cbd.int/side-events/2198

VCA Partners & Friends Meeting – 06 December at 20:00 – details forthcoming