The CBD Secretariat has assigned the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) & UNDP India to help speed up the implementation of all priority actions and achievement of the targets in the South Asia sub-region. ICIMOD organized a regional policy dialogue titled “Aichi Target 11 and beyond: Roadmap for South Asia sub-region” on 4 November 2020, in collaboration with UNDP India and the CBD Secretariat, with generous financial support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund. The dialogue helped the participants document the progress and share learnings on Aichi Target 11 of the sub-region.
The virtual policy dialogue aimed to bring parties of the South Asia sub-region together to share updates on the progress made on Aichi Target 11 and facilitate discussion on the topic. The specific objectives were to: 1) Review progress, share learnings, and analyze challenges in achieving Aichi Target 11 in the South Asia sub-region; 2) Discuss the agenda for CBD CoP15 and a way forward for the conservation of protected areas and OECMs beyond 2020; 3) Identify needs and opportunities for technical and financial support and strategies to build alliances with funding and knowledge partners for capacity building and sustainable funding.
The event was attended by 40 delegates from eight out of the nine South Asian countries including government officials and CBD national focal points. Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Minister of Forests and Environment, Nepal, provided special remarks as the chief guest, while Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD; Sarat Babu Gidda, Head of Biodiversity Science, Policy and Governance Unit, and Senior Programme Management Officer, CBD Secretariat; and Ruchi Pant, Head, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, UNDP India chaired different sessions and offered remarks showing commitment towards achieving Aichi Target 11. Along with the CBD National Focal Points of eight South Asian countries, ICIMOD’s board member from Afghanistan, the Secretary from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Bangladesh, and representatives of the CBD Secretariat, conservation organizations and ICIMOD took part in the event.