UNDP at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014
The IUCN World Parks Congress, a landmark global forum on protected areas, brings together participants from across the globe to set the agenda on protected areas for the next decade. The Congress takes place in Sydney, Australia, on 12th-19th November 2014, and will share knowledge, innovation and solutions to global challenges. This once-in-10-year global event is organized by the IUCN and hosted by the Australian Government and is expected to attract up to 5,000 participants.
Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.
UNDP along with a number of key partners will play a prominent role in the Congress. UNDP is co-leading 2 of eight programme streams. UNDP together with Conservation International and the World Bank are leading Stream 5 – Reconciling development challenges. Through the GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP is also engaged with the global ICCA Consortium, the GIZ, and the CBD Secretariat in organising Stream 6: Enhancing the diversity and quality of governance of protected areas. UNDP will also be hosting the World Indigenous Network (WIN) Pavilion space organized by the Equator Initiative, as well as numerous inputs to the Conservation Finance Pavilion and other events across the Congress.
To find out more about UNDP events and new publications and other products being showcased, please see our UNDP @ WPC booklet.
And a full list of Stream 5 – Reconciling development challenges presenters and the solutions they are presenting, see our poster Stream 5: Reconciling development challenges.
UNDP’s Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme supports countries in developing capacity to manage biodiversity to deliver ecosystem services on which sustained human development depends. Globally, through management of 512 projects on ecosystems and biodiversity with US$1.5 billion in funding from the GEF and other sources, and co-finance of US$3.5 billion, UNDP’s ecosystems and biodiversity programme has been successful in: impacting over 2,000 protected areas in 85 countries, covering 272 million hectares; undertaking interventions in production sectors and development planning in 38 countries, covering 244 million hectares; and promoting ecosystem-based adaptation to or mitigation of climate change in 71 countries.