Community Taba


Building on the success of previous "dialogue spaces", on March 18th, the Equator Initiative began hosting the Community Taba in Curitiba, Brazil. The Taba invited grassroots environmental leaders from around the world to establish a collaborative, flexible use space at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (COP8). Once assembled, the participants were backstopped by an array of networked resources which will maximize the impact of their ideas on COP8 outcomes, foster new partnerships, and provide an opportunity to develop and refine their conservation frameworks. The Community Taba ran for the duration of the COP, ending on March 31st.

The Taba demonstrated, in the heart of COP8, that community members, working in partnership with local governments, local and national NGOs, and international organizations, are increasingly taking action to meet their basic needs while preserving the biological resources on which not only their own, but everyone's future survival depends.

Day 1 - March 19

Esther welcomed everyone, and expressed her happiness to be at this event. She emphasized the fact that this meeting will be different from other official meetings, as it is a community space. The goals of the Taba will be to build relationships. The space is designed for sharing and dialogue...





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Day 2 - March 20

The morning session started with Esther introducing the opening of the official opening of the COP8, saying that we do not wish to conflict with the Taba meeting. Sean invited everybody to participate in the larger meeting. Esther then detailed the plans for the day in order to make a more informed decision. This will be the day for concrete sharing, and celebrating their success. The format is going to be two people sharing for 20 minutes, with group discussions to follow both in the morning and the afternoon session.



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Day 3 - March 21

The morning session began with announcements about side events happening at the COP8 and also at the Community Taba. Adalbert Eledui asked a question regarding the messages we should bring to the side events. The facilitators asked the community to start clarifying the message for business and biodiversity day. They emphasized that this would be the day that the Taba can be very closely linked with the discussions taking place in the COP8 regarding especially article 8j relating to traditional knowledge and related provisions to the CBD. Esther then asked for at least 2 volunteers to work on the topic of biodiversity & protected area from the previous day.


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Day 4 - March 22

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 marked the first of two thematic days at the Community Taba. Today’s theme was ‘Island Biodiversity’, and the morning session set the tone for the day with three separate presentations that were delivered by representatives from The Republic of Palau, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and Auckland, New Zealand. The morning session concluded with a visit to the Taba space by the Governor of Paraná, Chefia do Poder Executivo Roberto Requião de Mello e Silva, before breaking for lunch. A more detailed summary of the morning’s events can be found below.


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Day 5 - March 23

The day started with Donato introducing the day’s schedule, and reviewing the four goals of the Taba. The day’s emphasis would be on CAPACITY BUILDING, thus putting efforts in the context of MDGs. He explained that grants can be earned through contextualizing efforts in MGD framework.




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Day 6 -March 24

Due to Thursday’s rain, Friday, March 24, 2006 was a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) day at the Community Taba. Esther began the morning by recounting how the previous day ended, and by thanking everyone for enduring the rain. Sean Southey (Manager, UNDP Equator Initiative) then described the weekend field trip to Cananeia Oyster Cooperative.




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Day 7 -March 27

The morning began with a prayer from Perumal Vivekandan, from SEVA in India. Joao Sales da Rosa, from Amazon Link followed the prayer with a song prepared for the time of harvest. Esther welcomed everyone to the second week of the community Taba and briefly reviewed the events of the first week. Because there were many new faces in the Taba, the microphone was passed around so that people could introduce themselves, and as well as their country of origin and their organizational affiliation.



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Day 8 -March 28

Today’s program focused on the relationship between sustainable agricultural practices and biodiversity conservation. As before, the format day included presentations from community representatives, followed by break-out discussion groups. One of the key goals for today’s Taba was to develop key messages, regarding agriculture and biodiversity , that could be presented at the Local Global Leaders Dialogue (Wednesday, March 29, 2006), as well as to the CBD at large.



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Day 9 -March 29

The morning session began with announcements and a briefing on the day’s agenda. Andreas from GTZ took the floor delving into the day’s theme of access and benefit sharing (ABS). He explained that this is a means to share benefits in order to improve the livelihoods of poor, rural communities using environmental resources.




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Day 10 -March 30

The day’s session began with a review of the Local-Global leaders dialogue which was featured in the Earth Negotiations Bulletin ( The Brazilian local community members expressed their disappointment that there was no representative from the Brazilian government. Overall, the Local-Global dialogue was deemed successful.




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Day 11 -March 31

After the volunteer appreciation party of the night before, it was a quiet day at the Community Taba. Community participants, staff, and volunteers who made it out of bed began preparing the Taba site for dismantling over the coming weekend. There was a reflective mood in the air.



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