Feedback on the 13th session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The thirteen session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) took place in Cancun, Mexico from 4 to 17 December 2016. This was an opportunity for delegates to exchange views on various issues related to biodiversity conservation and approve several recommendations dealing with matters in connection with coastal and marine biodiversity, resource mobilisation, synthetic biology and capacity building.

In collaboration with the Francophonie and Sustainable Development Institute (IFDD), PRCM organised a side event that gathered several participants from different backgrounds. Speakers highlighted progress achieved in their respective countries and key challenges to the fulfilment of the Aichi Targets by 2020. Participants all welcomed the meeting and called for a strengthened partnership between governments for biodiversity conservation in the sub-region.

Moreover, delegates from West Africa participated in all the negotiations and took relevant views within major African groups. Key issues discussed were the conservation of marine and coastal resources, the integration of biodiversity in several sectoral areas, capacity building and engagement strategies for the achievement of the Aichi Targets by 2020. Participants benefited from PRCM’s support in their negotiation efforts.

Cp: PRCM/Hellio Van ingen