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The Next Frontier: Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity and Peace 09 Nov - 13 Nov, 2016
SUSTAINABILITYThe Next Frontier: Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity and Peace09 Nov - 13 Nov, 2016

    Session Overview

    Border areas are often isolated by their geographies, with their respective territories subject to often-contradictory policies and administrative arrangements on different sides of the border. Even where political boundaries divide peoples with close cultural, ethnic and/or linguistic ties, manmade borders can exacerbate perceived differences and historical grudges. Border areas frequently experience high levels of competition over ownership of natural resources and supplies of basic human needs like productive lands and waters. Where such conflicts stagnate or escalate, they can trigger new waves of displacement and migration.

    On the other hand, many transboundary areas around the world share major ecosystems, high levels of biodiversity, and powerful cultural, spiritual and historical associations. Areas that have been less accessible to the public for reasons of remoteness, politics, conflict and/or defence may be in a favorable state of conservation that can open exceptional possibilities for sustainable social and economic development.

    Against a backdrop of rising regional tensions, environmental degradation and economic precarity, well-designed and funded transboundary cooperation initiatives can become a critical 21st century tool to support inclusive and sustainable regional development. Such initiatives can lead to collaborative governance structures even between divided societies, protecting critical ecosystems and biodiversity to support human livelihoods.

    The Parks for the Planet Forum, a ten-year leadership and action platform launched by Salzburg Global and IUCN in 2015, took transboundary conservation for biodiversity, economic development and human security as its key theme for its 2016 session. The primarily focus was on fresh water and land resources, expanding in 2017 to transboundary cooperation for coastal and marine ecosystems. Discussions and practical outcomes were built on the Forum's successful launch in 2015 which focused on "Nature, Health and a New Urban Generation", as well as relevant outcomes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress (Hawaii, September 2016).

    The 2016 session, The Next Frontier: Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity and Peace, convened a diverse range of on-ground practitioners and innovators with policymakers and influencers, bridging sectoral, generational and regional divides. Participants identified the most promising approaches, catalyze collaborations and pilot projects and deliver practical tools that deliver benefits for inclusive and sustainable development, regional economic growth and cohesion and peace-building. Such outcomes will concretely advance implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goals 13, 14, 15 and 16 which commit all countries and stakeholders to collaborate on nature conservation, climate change, peace-building and sustainable societies.

    Chair

    CHAIR
    Kathy MacKinnon
    Chair, IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas, United Kingdom

    Participants

    PARTICIPANTS
    Aida Alami
    Freelance Journalist, Morocco
    PARTICIPANTS
    Talantbek Aldashov
    Executive Director, Aga Khan Foundations' Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, Kyrgyzstan
    PARTICIPANTS
    Andrea Athanas
    Program Design Manager, African Wildlife Foundation, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Djana Bejko
    Program Manager, Albanian Skadar Lake FORUM, Albania
    PARTICIPANTS
    Elizabeth Brabec
    Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Canada
    PARTICIPANTS
    Marina Djernaes
    Director, EcoPeace's Center for Water Security, Denmark
    PARTICIPANTS
    Quang Tung Do
    Manager, Yok Don National Park, Vietnam
    PARTICIPANTS
    Boris Erg
    Director, IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe, Serbia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Kathleen Fitzgerald
    Vice President land Conservation, African Wildlife Foundation, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Alessandro Fodella
    Associate Professor of international law, University of Trento, Italy
    PARTICIPANTS
    Elisabeth Fuchs
    Social Worker, Innsbrucker Soziale Dienste GmbH, Austria
    PARTICIPANTS
    Viktoria Hasler
    Deputy Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment, Austria
    PARTICIPANTS
    Elaine Hsiao
    Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Aleksandar Ivanovski
    Environmental Expert in European Union projects, Particip GmbH, GFA GmbH, Macedonia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Jasmin Jahanshahi
    Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager, Aga Khan Foundation UK, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Isa Kabenge
    Lecturer, Makerere University, Uganda
    PARTICIPANTS
    Deborah Kahatano
    Deborah Kahatano, Senior program Officer, SADC Secretariat, Tanzania
    PARTICIPANTS
    Enni Kallio
    Researcher, Yale Fox International Fellowship, Finland
    PARTICIPANTS
    Saya Kiba
    Assistant Professor, Doshisha University, Japan
    PARTICIPANTS
    Rajan Kotru
    Program Manager, ICIMOD, India
    PARTICIPANTS
    Seth Maphalala
    Lubombo TFCA Programme Manager, Swaziland National Trust Commission, Swaziland
    PARTICIPANTS
    Otladisa Mokganedi
    Director, TFCA, South Africa
    PARTICIPANTS
    Helga Rainer
    Program Director - Conservation, Arcus Foundation, Italy
    PARTICIPANTS
    Klemens Riha
    Project Coordinator, GIZ Germany, Austria
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    Heidi Rubio Torgler
    Conservation Areas Senior Specialist, United Nations Development Programme, Colombia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Trevor Sandwith
    Director, Global Protected Areas Programme,IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), South Africa
    PARTICIPANTS
    Jan Schollaert
    CEO, Aga Khan Foundation Afg, Belgium
    PARTICIPANTS
    Gill Shepherd
    Senior Visiting Fellow, International Development Department, LSE Ecosystems and Landscapes Special Adviser, IUCN, United Kingdom
    PARTICIPANTS
    Clare Shine
    Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
    PARTICIPANTS
    Andrej Sovinc
    Regional Vice Chair Europe, IUCN WCPA, Slovenia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Gary Tabor
    Executive Director, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Ousainou Touray
    Deputy Director, Department of Parks and Wildlife Management, Gambia
    PARTICIPANTS
    Analiz Vergara Herdoiza
    Policy Officer Amazon Vision, WWF, Ecuador
    PARTICIPANTS
    Todd Walters
    Founder & Executive Director, International Peace Park Expeditions, USA
    PARTICIPANTS
    Reinhard Woytek
    Programme Director, GIZ Botswana, Germany
    PARTICIPANTS
    Andrew Zaloumis
    Founder CEO, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, South Africa

    Useful Resources

    The following readings are recommended to review

    WCPA Transboundary Protected Areas for Peace and Co-operation

    WCC Hawaii Transboundary Conversation Resolution 2016

     

    Additional resources submitted by Fellows:

    1. Transboundary Conservation: A Systematic and Integrated Approach

    Practice Guidelines compiled by the IUCN WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group

    2. Global Transboundary Conservation Network

    3. Hands Across Borders - Transboundary Conservation Practitioners Workshop

    Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

    4. CBD - Website

    5. Peace and Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative - Brochure

    Please scroll down and see the Profiles of Participating Transboundary Conservation Initiatives.  

     

    If you wish to add links to this list, please see Antonio Riolino 

     

     

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