I am pleased to inform you that the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, jointly with the Government of New Zealand, the He Puna Marama Trust, and the United Nations Development
Programme’s Equator Initiative, is organizing a regional training workshop for the Pacific region, which will be held in Whangarei, New Zealand, from 21 to 25 May 2018,
This workshop is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Government of Japan, through its Japan Biodiversity Fund, and the United Nations Environment Programme, through the
European Commission’s Capacity-Building Programme for Multilateral Environmental Agreements in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
The aim of the workshop is to train the trainers from indigenous peoples and local community organizations and Parties, to develop possible elements for national action plans for traditional knowledge
that contain arrangements to fulfil obligations concerning:
a. Traditional knowledge in accordance with Article 8(j) of the Convention; and b. Traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources under the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.
The workshop will also support the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets 16 (Nagoya Protocol) and 18 (traditional knowledge) of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
As an outcome of the workshop, Parties and indigenous peoples and local communities will be able to develop possible elements for national action plans on traditional knowledge in order to achieve
Aichi Biodiversity Target 18 and contribute to Aichi Biodiversity Target 16 by 2020. It will also contribute to a
better understanding of the traditional knowledge elements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization
(articles 5, 6, 7, 12, 18 and 19) and to achieve them effectively in the national context.
I am therefore pleased to invite interested Parties, particularly Parties that have nominated National Focal Points for Traditional Knowledge, and indigenous peoples and local communities in the
Pacific region, to nominate a representative based on the following selection criteria:
(i) Expertise on traditional knowledge, customary sustainable use, and related indigenous peoples and local communities’ issues;
(ii) Interest to work on the development of a national plan of action on traditional knowledge, including the identification of national priority actions to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 18 and contribute to Aichi Biodiversity Target 16 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
In the weeks leading tip to the workshop, the selected participants will be requested to:
(i) Prepare a document on the status of traditional knowledge in their countries in relation to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 16 and 18 including the identified priority actions for their achievement. Participants may present related case studies at the workshop, and;
(ii) Take the online course on “National arrangements on traditional knowledge for achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 18 and contributing to Aichi Biodiversity Target 16 of the Strategic
Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020” available in due course at https://scbd.unssc.org/.
Nominations should take the form of an official letter addressed to the Executive Secretary, sent by e-mail at: email@example.com, or by fax at: +1(514)288-6588, and must contain full contact details of
the nominee, along with a curriculum vitae clearly indicating the relevant areas of expertise, as well as the duly completed form available at https://goo.gl/CzkMW9. Nominations should be submitted no later than 5 April 2018.
The Secretariat, in collaboration with partner organizations, will select participants on the basis of regional balance, gender equity, relevant expertise, and ability to contribute to the development of national action plans on traditional knowledge. Information about the workshop, including the list of selected participants, will be posted on the CBD website at: https://www.chd.int/tk/cb/training/pacific.shtml.
Subject to the availability of funds, the Secretariat will cover travel expenses of selected participants. Selected participants will be contacted directly by the Secretariat.
Please accept, Madam/Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Cristiana Paca Palmer,