GREEN COMMUNITIES without frontiers


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Presentation made at Qabala, Afeganisthan, during the Pan-European CBD COP10 NGO Preparatory Meeting th Gabala, 5-6 July 2010

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GREEN COMMUNITIES without frontiers

  1. 1. GREEN COMMUNITIES without frontiers                 Pan-European CBD COP10 NGO Preparatory Meeting th Gabala, 5-6 July 2010
  2. 2. PORTUGAL
  3. 3. Goal Education, information and training people for getting involved in biodiversity conservation activities at local and regional level in supporting the Convention on Biological Diversity proper implementation at local level.
  4. 4. Possible activities Green space Biodiversity conservation measures Agriculture biodiversity Invasive alien species Co-existence of new technologies and traditional knowledge Intellectual property rights Developing and strengthening the urban plan develop. and management New challenges
  5. 5. Communities and outputs Project should apply to different kind of communities: Villages to cities Outputs:  Trained people, more informed, educated and committed  Guidelines for communities in working with small and large communities with different backgrounds identifying strength and weakness  Data base development for reporting the local biodiversity status of conservation – in support activities from the community level – to be validated by science - for achieving the CBD goals.
  6. 6. 700 European species are threatened, while the number of alien exotic species in Pan-Europe continues to rise (In EEA’s fourth Pan-European Assessment)
  7. 7. Current status of biodiversity Most important factors for biodiversity loss*: Alteration and destruction of habitat (Ex: soil use change, physical change and draining of rivers, loss of coral reefs, damage in ocean floor due to some fishing techniques) Over-exploitation Invasive alien species Climate change Pollution In Millennium Ecosystem Analysis (MEA, 2005)
  8. 8. Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf* *Executive Secretary of the CBD On the occasion of the Second World Cities Summit 2010 Singapore, 30 June 2010 “Last month, the CBD Secretariat released the third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook. Based on 120 national reports submitted by Parties,
  9. 9. the report demonstrates that the international community (...) has failed to fulfil its commitment to reduce substantially the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. The report confirms that we continue to lose biodiversity at unprecedented rates: today, species extinction rates may be 1,000 times higher than the natural rate.
  10. 10. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a new biodiversity vision for a healthy and sustainable future for mankind. This new vision should integrate the distinct contribution of cities in protecting life on Earth.
  11. 11. … the world’s urban population now exceeds that of rural areas. A new era has been born - the era of “Homo urbanus”, the city dweller. This development is expected to have far-reaching implications for humanity and for biodiversity. Cities occupy 2 per cent of the planet’s surface, but their residents use 75 per cent of the Earth’s natural resources.
  12. 12. LAB – Local Action for Biodiversity
  13. 13. BIO-LOCAL* Diversity of local actions for Biodiversity  Local and regional biodiversity  Consumption and biodiversity  Agricultural biodiversity A project of the Municipality of Moita (Portugal)
  14. 14. Biodiversity near people, in local identity and history                
  15. 15. Get to know local biodiversity
  16. 16. And main habitats Mud flats Subtidal area Saltpans Oyster beds Cereal fields Saltmarshes “Caniçal”
  17. 17. Learn about locally extinct species Portuguese Oyster
  18. 18. Identify human activities connected with biodiversity Oyster harvest and preparation Salt-pans Fishing and collecting Aquaculture molluscs
  19. 19. And local threats to biodiversity Pollution Overfishing
  20. 20. Biodiversity and our Consumption Help local consumers to discover the links between their choices and Biodiversity
  21. 21. Eco-consumer tours
  22. 22. 1. “Check-in” Adding more knowledge on ones's “luggage”  Impact on working conditions?  Impact on animal welfare?  Impact of GEE?  Impact of packaging?  Impact on Biodiversity?
  23. 23. GMOs; Pesticides
  24. 24. The beneficts of organic farming
  25. 25. Contributing to protect forests
  26. 26. Choosing local and seasonal products
  27. 27. Supporting regional varieties in kitchen gardens
  28. 28. Choosing sustainable fish products
  29. 29. Sustainable consumption of certain species… “I buy to have biodiversity today and tomorow!”
  30. 30. 2. In-door tour Pratice in the supermarket
  31. 31. 3. Out-door tour Get to know local producers
  32. 32. Build partnerships with private sectors The compromise of a Cooperative of Consumers in Italy:
  33. 33. Dolphin- friendly products
  34. 34. Protection of Red Tuna
  35. 35. Stakeholders / partners  Local Councils (Municipalities)  Local Cooperatives and Businesses  Other NGOs  Strenghts and Opportunities: Local Councils have frequently transportation means, good connection with school community and good channels for communication with general public and registration logistics  Weaknesses and Threats: Local Councils may not have a coherent policy, ex. on urban planning and development Local businesses may be shops linked to national or multinational companies Difficult to evaluate results in awareness projects
  36. 36. Some questions  Added value of Pan-Europe  Data base on local biodiversity  Guide-lines on how to deal with local communities
  37. 37. Thank you Presentation available at We thank to the Municipality of Moita for the images made available