International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change

International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change

Date 22-25 October 2014
Location Guadeloupe

The Guadeloupe 2014 Conference is a high level international meeting on biodiversity and climate change in the European Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), and in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the same geographic areas.

Co-organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the European Commission, the French Government, Guadeloupe’s Regional Council (Guadeloupe Region), the government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Guadeloupe conference will be held from October 22nd – October 25th 2014.

The conference is the continuation of the July 2008 Reunion Island Conference held at the time of the French presidency of the European Union. Its objectives are to assess the implementation of the Message from Reunion Island, six years after its adoption and, with respect to the Aichi objectives, define a new roadmap and shared action priorities for the 2015-2020 period.

At this conference, delegates representing the European Commission, the Secretariat of the CBD, the member states of the European Outermost Regions (OR) and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT), and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and civil society will put their heads together to give practical responses to the growing challenges posed by climate change and the loss of biodiversity in these island territories.

The OR and OCT are home to a wide diversity of landscapes, ecosystems and internationally recognised species in three oceans around the world, which gives them a key role in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Themes

The conference will address five themes broken down into several workshops:

  • enhancing resilience
  • halting the loss of biodiversity
  • promoting the green and blue economy
  • improving knowledge
  • finding innovative financing mechanisms

Objective: Provide operational and practical proposals that will serve as the roadmap for the coming years with regard to biodiversity and to address the problems induced by climate change in the Overseas Regions (OR) and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT).

The detailed agenda for the workshop can be found here.