STRONG High Seas was presented during a poster session by Co-Lead Ben Boteler at the side event Marine Biodiversity – Creating and Exchanging Solutions for our Blue World: Reflections and Lessons Learned from International Climate Initiative Projects for Achieving the Aichi Targets and the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
The side event was hosted by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). At the event, 13 current IKI projects promoting sustainable management and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region offer a platform for international and cross-sectoral knowledge sharing. A high-level panel discussion included contributions from Jihyun Lee (CBD Secretariat), Alan Boyd (Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa), Gwen Sisior (Ministry of Natural Resource Management, Environment and Tourism, Palau), Christiane Paulus (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety), Spencer Thomas (Ambassador for Climate Change, Grenada), Andreas Gettkant (GIZ). After the panel discussion, STRONG High Seas and other IKI projects shared lessons learnt and ideas about contributing to the Aichi Targets and the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity as well as exchanging impressions and reflections with other practitioners to enable the further development of international activities for sustaining our oceans.
The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held from 17-29 November 2018, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. COP 14 with the theme “Investing in biodiversity for people and planet.”