2008 Equator Events
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Since its inception in 2002, the Equator Initiative has hosted and supported a large number of events in support of community work to achieve the MDGs. These events have explored the community role in protecting the environment and raising incomes and provide a highly substantive backdrop for the many additional advocacy and outreach events that the Equator Initiative organizes each year. Each event has been documented on its own website. We invite you to learn more about these special activities and about the critical role communities play in poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation.

October 2008 - National Celebrations of Equator Prize winners in Peru, Namibia

October 2008 UNDP Country Offices in Peru and Namibia hosted in-country ceremonies for award recipients

6 October 2008 - Equator Prize Award Dinner in Barcelona

6 October 2008 The 2008 Equator Prize Award Ceremony was held at Palo Alto, a former warehouse transformed into a fashionable reception space, in Barcelona, Spain on October 6th during the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

6-9 October 2008 - Community Poble at the WCC

6-9 October 2008 Community Poble Introduction Space, Barcelona, Spain

26 May 2008 Biodiversity & Business

26 May 2008 Biodiversity & Business:Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Commodity Supply ChainRecognizing that most of the world's biodiversity resides outside protected areas in land utilized towards production activities, this side event showcased how UNDP-GEF is integrating biodiversity management objectives into the production practices of wildflowers in South Africa and coffee in Latin America. Presentations made by representatives of the private sector and NGO partners focused on product chains as well as certification and fair trade schemes.

23 May 2008 - UNDP/GEF/CBD Support for the CBD Work on Protected Areas

23 May 2008 UNDP/GEF/CBD Support for the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas In a CBD, GEF and UNDP sponsored side event, representatives from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific presented on their respective country's progress in relation to implementing the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) with an overall objective to establish and maintain for terrestrial and marine environments, comprehensive, effectively managed and ecologically representative systems of protected areas.

23 May 2008 - Biodiversity and the MDGs Lecture featuring Jeffrey Sachs

23 May 2008 Biodiversity and the MDGs The first of a series of CBD Linnaeus Lectures highlighting major issues related to biological diversity featured Klaus Topfer (UNEP-Tongji University), Jeffrey Sachs (Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon), Ahmed Djoghlaf, (Executive Secretary, CBD), Jochen Flasbarth (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany), and Johan Bodegard (Swedish Species Information Centre) speaking on the formidable tasks required to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the 2010 Biodiversity Target. The global food supply, energy systems, and the role of science and technology in these processes were covered throughout the lecture.

23 May 2008 - "Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity"

23 May 2008 "Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity" During a presentation of his book "Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity" at the CBD COP9, Nobel-laureate Eric Chivian explained the implications of biodiversity loss for human health, and spoke on ecosystem disturbance and human infectious disease, how human activity threatens biodiversity, and biodiversity/biomedical research. Ahmed Djoghlaf (Executive Secretary, CBD), Jochen Flasbarth (Director General Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany), Charles McNeill (UNDP Senior Advisor of Environment and Energy), and Jeffrey McNeely (Chief Scientist, IUCN) were panelists of the event.

21 May 2008 - A Poverty and Environment Partnership Side Event

21 May 2008 A Poverty and Environment Partnership Side Event at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity -- The Potenial for Achieving Pro-Poor and Pro-Biodiversity REDD During a panel presented by the Poverty and Environment Partnership, Tone Solhaug (Government of Norway), Maria Berlekom (SwedBio), John Bishop (IUCN), Leo Peskett (Overseas Development Institute), and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues) spoke on the need to move away from the "command and control" model of protecting forests, and the need to define what kind of benefits REDD should achieve for indigenous and local communities whose lives are dependant on forests.
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19-30 May 2008 - Community Dorf at COP9

19-30 May 2008 - Community Dorf at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Knowing full well that effective conservation of biodiversity yields important and lasting results when innovative partnerships provide a bridge between bottom-up and top-down approaches, the Equator Initiative worked to build these bridges during the COP 9 Community Dorf. Through countless presentations, side events, lectures, and dialogues, the Community Dorf provided local and indigenous community leaders from across the Equatorial Belt opportunities to interface with each other and global policymakers in formulating better practices and policies to alleviate poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

8 May 2008 - Carbon Markets for Climate Change, Conservation and Poverty Reduction

8 May 2008 Carbon Markets for Climate Change, Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Opportunities and Challenges of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) In a panel moderated by Charles McNeill (UNDP Senior Advisor of Environment and Energy), panelists Linda Krueger (Director of Global Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society), Michelle Passero (Business Development Executive, Forest and Land Use EcoSecurities), David Singh (Executive Director of Guyana Program, Conservation International) and Agnes Kiss (Lead Ecologist and Regional Safeguards Coordinator, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank) spoke on the methodologies in best designing carbon markets. Issues pertaining to benefit-sharing, risks associated with REDD, and responsible use of carbon credits were amongst the topics discussed.

5 May - 12 June 2008 - Hard Rain: Exhibit Launch and Slideshow

5 May - 12 June 2008 Hard Rain: Exhibit Launch and Slideshow In his book Hard Rain: Our Headlong Collision with Nature, Mark Edwards compiled photographs with lyrics of Bob Dylan's song, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall in a photo essay addressing climate change, global poverty and the sixth great extinction. Images and lyrics were presented in an exhibit, showcased in the United Nations Headquarters lobby.

29 April 2008 - 4Real Yawanawa Movie Screening

29 April 2008 Movie Screening: "The Yawanawa Indigenous Peoples and Joaquin Phoenix Preview of MTV and National Geographic Documentary By 4Real" In an event co-hosted by the Equator Initiative and Tribal Link Foundation, 4Real Yawanawa had its debut screening in the United Nations Headquarters. The short film documents a successful partnership of business and biodiversity, between the cosmetics company, Aveda, and the Yawanawa tribe of the Brazilian Amazon. A discussion followed, with filmmakers Sol Guy and Josh Thome, as well as photographer, Michael Muller, and chief of the Yawanawa tribe, Tashka Yawanawa, available to answer questions.

25 April 2008 - Workshop: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

25 April 2008 Workshop: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: Mobilizing Collaborative Action In the day-long side event held at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, indigenous groups shared their knowledge and voiced their opinions to representatives of national governments, the private sector, UN agencies, and international NGOs in relation to on-the-ground impacts of climate change and international policy measures responding to climate change. Following a welcome from H.E. Ambassador Dr Martin Ney, presentations were made by representatives from local and indigenous communities, the UN, UNDP, international NGOs and the private sector.

23 April 2008 - Book Launch: "Sustaining Life"

23 April 2008 Book Launch: "Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity" During a reception held within United Nations Headquarters, Nobel-laureate Eric Chivian launched his book "Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity." Dr. Chivian explained the implication of biodiversity loss on human health, and spoke on ecosystem disturbance and human infectious disease, how human activity threatens biodiversity, and biodiversity/biomedical research.

21 April 2008 Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change and Biodiversity

21 April 2008 UNDP Environment and Energy Group and GEF Small Grants Programme Consultation with Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change and Biodiversity ConservationIn a side event panel of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Executive Director of Tebtebba Foundation), Charles McNeill (UNDP Senior Advisor of Environment & Energy), Ricardo Fuentes (Policy Specialist and co-author of the 2007-2008 Human Development Report, UNDP), and Stephen Gitonga (Policy Specialist of Environment & Energy Group, UNDP) spoke on the role of indigenous people in climate change mechanisms and biodiversity conservation efforts. REDD and climate change was a particular point of discussion.

16 April 2008 - People and the Environment: Spring 2008 Lecture Series

16 April 2008 People and the Environment: Spring 2008 Lecture Series: "Carbon Markets for Climate, Conservation and Poverty Reduction: The Role of Law in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)" In a panel moderated by Ruben Kraiem (Partner, Covington & Burling LLP & Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School) at the McNally Amphitheatre of Fordham Law School, Robert O'Sullivan (Executive Director for North America, Climate Focus), Jill Blockhus (Senior Policy Advisor of The Nature Conservancy), Xueman Wang (Senior Counsel of the World Bank), and Jake Werksman (Program Director of Institutions & Governance, World Resources Institute) addressed the lack of international attention paid to deforestation. Discussions examined Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and addressed the legal dimensions of making REDD work for the poor.