“National, Regional & Global Challenges of Biodiversity Conservation in Iran” was held as a side event of the CBD COP13 in Cancun, Mexico on 12 December, 2016 to illustrate the role that Iran and neighboring countries can play for cooperative Biodiversity Conservation in the region and create the basis for the dissemination of the Iranian experience around the region and globe. As a part of the side event program, Mr. Aoki, Chief Advisor for the Anzali Wetland Ecological Management Project – Phase II, made a presentation on biodiversity conservation activities under the project such as satellite tracking survey of Dalmatian Pelican. In the panel discussion, national and regional importance of biodiversity conservation in Iran and some necessary actions to be taken were spoken from the panelists.

<About CBD COP13>

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. Iran joined the CBD as a party member in 1996.

It has 3 main objectives of the CBD:

(1) The conservation of biological diversity

(2) The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity

(3) The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources

In December 2016, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico, the world will meet to take the steps needed to build a future of life in harmony with nature. The conference provides a critical opportunity for countries to address strategic actions to enhance implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and promote the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity targets.

The Conference will focus on mainstreaming biodiversity across relevant sectors, especially agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and tourism, to contribute to the sustainable development goals, climate action, food security and other human development goals.

(Source: JET modified based on https://www.cbd.int/conferences/2016)


Opening Remarks Mr. BARMAKI: Deputy Director, Division for International Environmental & Energy Affairs, MoFA

Ms. ADACHI: Director of JICA HQ

Iran’s Biodiversity in the global context Mr. FAZEL: President of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science & Technology
Iran’s updated NBSAP Ms. MEHRDADI: International Affairs Advisor of Deputy for Natural Environment & Biodiversity, DoE
Iran’s Biodiversity

& the necessity of conservation cooperation with neighboring countries

Mr. MOBARAKI: Director General of Natural History Museum & Genetic Resources, DoE
Case Study: DoE/JICA Anzali Wetland Project Mr. AOKI: Project Leader of Anzali Wetland Ecological Management Project, JICA
Biodiversity conservation projects in Iran: strengths & weaknesses Mr. RADJABI: Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation
Panel discussion Dr. SAKAGUCHI, Mr. AOKI: JICA



Wrap Up & Closing remarks Mr. NISHIMIYA