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Events 
  September 2021 
Eastern and Southern Africa
The IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place from 3-11 September 2021 in Marseille, France, in a hybrid format, which will enable a large number of participants to join even if they cannot travel to France. Visit the Congress website to learn more information on how to register and engage.
 IUCN World Conservation Congress
BIOPAMA at the World Conservation Congress 2021
BIOPAMA will be showcased in various events at the WCC and will have a permanent presence at the 'Vital Sites for a Protected Planet' Pavilion in the Exhibition Space at the World Conservation Congress. 

Below we have compiled a selection of events relevant to our region and protected and conserved areas, including events related to BIOPAMA, the IUCN Green List, Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), World Heritage and many more. This list is not exhaustive and we encourage you to check out the Programme on the IUCN Congress website too. 


Christine Mentzel
(christine.mentzel@iucn.org), BIOPAMA Regional Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa  and Leo Niskanen (leo.niskanen@iucn.org), Regional Technical Coordinator for the Conservation and Species Programme will be in Marseille in person. Let us know if you will be there too and we look forward to meeting up in person.

Join us as we discuss opportunities and challenges for protecting our regions biodiversity effectivel
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This session will show how good information in the Regional Resource Hub (RRH) can lead to improvements of management effectiveness and governance in Eastern and Southern Africa. The session will present the RRH, its knowledge products and tools, including the SOPACA and the IMET, and examples of the support of national-level decision making, site level actions, and reporting against global targets.

Speakers:  Christine Mentzel, BIOPAMA Regional Coordinator at IUCN; Erick Wabwile, RRH Officer at RCMRD; Hilda Pius Luoga, Lake Victoria Basin Commission; Arthur Tuda, Executive Secretary of WIOMSA; and one video example of Action component grantee from the region.

Onsite and online
Learn more about what is available through the Eastern and Southern Africa Resource Hub and how to access the information, knowledge products and tools. 
Onsite only. 
Join us in this social event to celebrate protected and conserved areas.

Knowledge Café

The IUCN BIOPAMA team is currently developing a capacity development programme on governance in protected and conserved areas (PCAs). The purpose of this Knowledge Café is to present the content outline of the programme to governance practitioners in order to get their input and feedback. The team would like to exchange with this group to enhance and improve the content of this training and ensure that it is as useful as possible in the countries.

AGENDA

Selection of interesting events related to protected and conserved areas and relevant for Eastern and Southern Africa
3 September 2021, Friday
17:00 - 19:00  Opening Ceremony
Join us for an exciting and culturally rich Opening Ceremony to kick off eight days of conservation and sustainable development action.
4 September 2021, Saturday
10:30 – 11:15  Knowledge product info session: World Heritage Outlook
H3 IUCN Knowledge Hub. Onsite only
The session will introduce participants to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook, including how to use the Outlook website, how to find the latest results of the 2020 conservation outlook assessments for all natural World Heritage sites and how the findings can be used to improve conservation of natural World Heritage. 


11:30 – 12:30  How well are protected areas managed? An easy, in-depth, and shared analysis with the Integrated Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (IMET)
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet
IMET is a Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PAME) tool that allows an in-depth assessment of marine and terrestrial protected areas, regardless of their management categories and governance type. It is also a decision support tool that helps protected area managers take analysis-based management decisions for improved conservation outcomes.

11:30 - 12:15  Knowledge product info session: Green List of Protected Areas
H3 IUCN Knowledge Hub. Onsite only.
Get answers to everything you want to ask about the IUCN Green List Standard - the first global standard of best practice for area-based conservation.


15:00 – 15: 30  The BIOPAMA Grant-making facility: successes and discussions (EN) 
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet. Onsite 
This event will outline the work of the BIOPOAMA Action Component, with testimonials from the Eastern and Southern African regions.
 
15:00 – 16: 00  Why conservation and development are mutually reinforcing in Key Landscapes?
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet 
Natural resources are increasingly threatened in the world. Threats to biodiversity & human well-being pose enormous challenges in many vulnerable areas. Effective monitoring and protection of sites with strategic conservation importance require timely monitoring, with a particular focus on certain land cover classes that are especially vulnerable.


16:00 – 17:00  From knowledge to action for protected areas in Eastern and Southern Africa
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet  
This session will show how good information in the RRH can lead to improvements of management effectiveness and governance, which in turn feeds back into the available information.

18:30 – 20:30  What works in protected areas?
Forum session; online only, Virtual Channel 6 
Come and learn about how to measure the effectiveness or performance of protected and conserved areas, how we check whether they are delivering conservation outcomes, and how the information is used for global reporting towards the Aichi Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

18:30 – 20:30  Accessing and using information about Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)
Knowledge Hub.
This session will introduce participants to the use of the Key Biodiversity Area website and World Database of KBAs. It will guide users in how to access information about their country and these globally important sites for conservation.
5 September 2021, Sunday
08:30 - 10:30 The IUCN Green List - a standard for conservation of protected and conserved areas 
Campus Session, Virtual Channel 5
This session will provide a comprehensive introduction to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Area Standard by stepping participants through the standard and the Green List process, guided by practitioners from around the world who are actively working in this programme.

10:15 - 10:45 Launch of the Financing Facility for Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) in Southern Africa
Press conference

11:30 - 12:30 Presentation of the IUCN Green List Development Plan
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet  
The IUCN Green List is a global campaign for successful nature conservation. At its heart is the Green List Sustainability Standard that provides a global benchmark for how to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

14:00 – 15:00 New approaches and resources from the BIOPAMA Programme to support protected area governance and management
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet 
The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme assists the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to address their priorities for improved management and governance of biodiversity and natural resources. BIOPAMA provides a variety of tools, services and funding to conservation actors in the African, Caribbean and Pacific.

15:00 – 15: 30 The BIOPAMA Grant-making facility: successes and discussions
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet  (EN)  
This event will outline the work of the BIOPOAMA Action Component, with testimonials from the Caribbean and Pacific regions. 

16:00 - 17:30 Show me the money: Innovations in financing and resourcing of protected areas 
Forum session; On-site and livestreamed, H1 Plenary - Calanques 
Learn about successful innovative solutions to sustainable financing and resourcing for conserved and protected areas that are being implemented in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific and that can be translated to your own situation.
  
16:00 - 17:00 World Heritage Event: Ecosystem services concept and protected area management: From theory to practice
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet  
Ecosystem services are sets of environmental properties deriving from ecosystem structures and processes which are arranged from an anthropocentric point of view: They describe those products and outcomes from complex ecological interrelations which are useful and necessary for human well-being.

16.00 - 17.30 Addressing the Emerging Post 2020 Priorities for Africa's Protected Areas
H8-B Mer de Corail
Africa’s health, wealth, development and prosperity depend on maintaining healthy nature, anchored and supported by well managed protected and conserved areas, which are at risk. The session will discuss the emerging issues and the measures needed to harmonize conservation and socio-economic development for the benefit of people and biodiversity.
6 September 2021, Monday
09:00 - 10:30 The outlook for World Heritage at 50 – crisis or crossroads?
H8 - 4 Martinique
The workshop will present the outcomes of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee and the findings of the IUCN World Heritage Outlook to investigate how well the Convention is achieving its goal in conserving natural World Heritage sites.

09:30 - 10:30 Recognising, Supporting, and Reporting OECMs
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet
‘Other effective area-based conservation measures’ (OECMs) is a conservation designation for areas that are achieving the effective in-situ conservation of biodiversity outside of protected areas

11:00-12:30  Getting more bang for your buck
Forum session; Online only, Virtual Channel 1
If you are a donor seeking a high return on investment in conservation, come share your thoughts and experience and discuss upscaling the investment and conservation outcomes. If you are a conservation grantmaker seeking ways to scale up your interventions and increase coordination with other grantmakers, this is your session!

12:00 – 12:30 Demonstration of the Regional Resource Hub for Eastern and Southern Africa 
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet
Learn more about what is available through the RRH and how to access the information, knowledge products and tools. 

14:00 - 15:30 Mainstreaming biodiversity in action: BIODEV2030 triggers commitments in Africa
H8-B Mer de Corail
The Post-2020 global biodiversity framework needs to tackle pressures on nature loss (e.g. agriculture). To this aim, the BIODEV2030 Initiative proposes an innovative approach to support building science-based sectoral biodiversity commitments in 16 countries. Both methodology and preliminary results will be discussed during this session.

16:00 -17:00 BIOPAMA Knowledge café
Pavilion event: Capacity Development. On-site only
The IUCN BIOPAMA team is currently developing a capacity development programme on governance in protected and conserved areas (PCAs). The purpose of this Knowledge Café is to present the content outline of the programme to governance practitioners in order to get their input and feedback. The team would like to exchange with this group to enhance and improve the content of this training and ensure that it is as useful as possible in the countries.

16:00-17:00 WCPA Event: Protected and conserved areas contribution to the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

19:00 – 21:00 Celebration of protected and conserved areas: Success stories from BIOPAMA and BEST 
Social event: Vital Sites for a Protected Planet. On-site only.
During this event, distinguished guests from the BIOPAMA regions will make announcements relevant to Protected and Conserved Areas in their regions, including the African Protected Areas Congress, to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in March 2022. The event also provides an oppoortunity for guests to exchange with each other and BIOPAMA partners in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
7 September 2021, Tuesday
08:30 – 10:30 Recognising, Supporting and Reporting Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures 
Campus Session, Virtual Channel 5
A definition and criteria for the term 'other effective area-based conservation measures' has been adopted by the CBD (2018) and IUCN has published a Technical Report and Assessment Methodology (2019); this session will help actors (government, private, Indigenous, local) to recognise, support and report OECMs across landscapes and seascapes.

09:30 – 10:00 Conservation Tracking Tool 
Pavilion clinic: Vital Sites for a Protected Planet
  

10:00 – 10:30 Key tools to assess protected area governance and equity (PAGE) 
Pavilion clinic: Vital Sites for a Protected Planet 
Learn more about the governance module that is being developed for the Refernece Information System. This will be similar to the already available Management Effectiveness module, and give users an opportunity to easily access relevant inforamtion and tools on governance. 

14:00 -14:30 Local Communities: First Line of Defence Against Illegal Wildlife Trade tools and methodology with IIED
Pavilion clinic: Vital Sites for a Protected Planet 
Learn about this methodology and how to tap into the community of practice that is already using this.

14:00 -15:30 Catalysing conservation impact in Protected and Conserved Areas through Standards
Forum
Presentation of activities carried out in Phase 1 with a focus on the Zambia adapted indicators.

17:00 -18:00 SAGE: A new tool for assessing protected and conserved area governance and equity (GPAP & IIED event)
Pavilion Vital Sites for a Protected Planet 
Led by IIED, the SAGE initiative aims to improve the governance and equity of protected and conserved areas and other conservation measures. It is based on the relatively simple SAGE methodology, which enables stakeholders to assess the status of governance and equity, plan actions to improve, and monitor progress.

19:00 - 21:00 Africa Regional Members' Meeting
H6-C Cevennes
The Regional Members’ Meetings take place ahead of the Members’ Assembly. As a follow-on from the Regional Conservation Fora that took place during 2019, they aim to maximise Member participation during the Members’ Assembly, focusing on topics and issues that are of Regional importance and that require discussion during the various Assembly sittings.
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