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PARKS FOR THE PLANET FORUM

Past Program

Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2016

The Next Frontier: Transboundary Cooperation for Biodiversity and Peace

Session 571

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.

Participants

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

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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