New Caledonia: BEST pilot project
A number of organizations working to implement global agreements on biological diversity, combating desertification, land degradation and climate change announced a pilot partnership designed to promote projects and programs that work across these environmental fields, find links and deliver more effective results. This announcement comes twenty years after the first Earth Summit gave rise to three interrelated Conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – the so called Rio Conventions.
The national pilot was launched by senior officials from New Caledonia, Guatemala and Vietnam at an event held at the Rio Conventions Pavilion during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Braulio Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD stated "Biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and efforts to address climate change and desertification are intrinsically linked. The countries and partners participating in this pilot are leading the way scientifically, technically and politically towards the achievement of the objectives of all three Rio Conventions."
The project will link national project teams with technical experts within the CBD, the GEF, World Bank, UNEP, FAO, IUCN, and Birdlife International to strengthen the achievement of multiple benefits. Financial support will be provided by the European Union's BEST initiative, the Government of Japan and the Government of Spain.
Progress by the pilot project will be reported on at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD to be held in October 2012, Hyderabad, India.