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Biodiversity Bright Spots at the CBD COP12


Date: 06-17 October 2014 
Location: Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea 
Host: Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), The Nature Conservancy, RARE, CBD LifeWeb, and others
“We are here to be inspired by bright spots and celebrate leadership around the globe on biodiversity protection,” stated Dr. Elsa Nickel, Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Government of Germany during the opening of the biodiversity bright spots reception. 

The reception, hosted by the Governments of Germany and Seychelles, was part of an event series designed to identify, share and celebrate biodiversity bright spots in resource mobilization as part of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12) held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, October 6-17, 2014. 

These events, coordinated by the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), The Nature Conservancy, Rare, CBD LifeWeb and other supporters, focused attention on bright spots: initiatives that are working to advance the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and climate change action. These bright spots provide examples of how countries are taking leadership and implementing initiatives that are advancing biodiversity, climate and sustainable development and have the potential to be scaled and replicated. 

Event summary: 

  • Biodiversity Bright Spots Reception, a high level event that celebrated national and regional leadership through six resource mobilization bright spots and commitments to action 
  • Biodiversity Bright Spot Exchange, a world café style event that actively engaged participants in facilitated discussions that identified and shared bright spots around resource mobilization (see a recording of the event here)
  • Island Resilience, a side event that launched the CBD LifeWeb Island Resilience Campaign to catalyze investment in island bright spots initiatives that are contributing to building resilient and sustainable island communities through innovative partnership 

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