On August 9, 2022, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), and Barbara Lausche, Chair of IUCN-WCPA Marine Connectivity Working Group (MCWG) had a one-on-one conversation. They had in-depth exchanges on the work of CBCGDF, marine conservation, the work of the MCWG in 2021, and MCWG general work plan for 2022-2024.
The Marine Connectivity Working Group (MCWG) was officially approved by World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN WCPA) to meet the demand for connectivity conservation solutions that maintain, enhance, and restore the ecological connectivity of marine and coastal protected areas, marine biodiversity, and critical marine and coastal ecosystem services. MCWG’s mission is to advance marine connectivity conservation policies, programs, and practice through collaboration in science, planning, management, governance, and policy with an emphasis on advancing practical guidance, principles, methods, and tools that maintain, restore, and enhance the long-term ecological integrity of marine protected areas, marine ecosystems, and other biodiversity-rich marine areas, including Key Biodiversity Areas and World Heritage Sites. In 2019, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng was elected as the executive member of MCWG.
At the meeting, Dr. Zhou introduced the work of the CBCGDF, including the CBCGDF’s participation in the 2022 UN Ocean Conference and the upcoming fifth session of “Intergovernmental conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction” (BBNJ IGC5). Dr. Zhou presented CBCGDF’s great efforts in reducing and preventing plastic pollution and CBCGDF’s contribution to ocean protection. Dr. Zhou also introduced CBCGDF and South-South Cooperation with an example of the Madagascar Rescue Project and cooperation with Rewild-Conservation Fund. In addition, Dr. Zhou introduced the Dugong Research Working Group of CBCGDF, which aims to promote the research on population recovery of dugong and the entire ecosystem on which the rare marine species depends. Dr. Zhou and Chair Lausche discussed topics related to marine species and marine ecological protection.
They conducted in-depth discussions on the work of MCWG in 2021, and MCWG general work plan for 2022-2024. Chair Lausche encouraged CBCGDF to share experiences and successful cases in biodiversity conservation and marine conservation. Dr. Zhou said that CBCGDF has done a lot of work in biodiversity protection, fishery protection, marine ecological protection, low carbon and other fields, and he hoped to work closely with MCWG and make more contributions in the future.
Original Chinese Article: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/FQOr0XYWh_2njUZ9jArJrw
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