Invitation to the side event on MEA synergies for wetland biodiversity and water at UNEA-6, 1 March

Date: 29.02.2024

To: Focal Points of the Convention, Observer Organizations and IOPs

The Secretariats of the Convention on Wetlands and Convention on Biological Diversity invite you to join the side event on MEA synergies for wetland biodiversity and water.

Date:  Friday 1 March 2024
Time:  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (GMT+3, Nairobi time)
Venue: Helipad, MEAs events Tent B – Stage 1

With a focus on wetlands/inland water biodiversity, the event will address synergy between MEAs in implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Specifically, the event seeks to:

  • enhance awareness of the need for ambitious action to halt wetland loss and scale up protection and restoration towards achievement of global biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development targets;
  • sensitize contracting parties and other stakeholders about the 6th Joint Work Plan of CBD and the Convention on Wetlands;
  • support inclusion of wetland targets and measures in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs); and
  • showcase efforts by contracting parties to address MEA synergies in national planning and implementation.


  • Musonda Mumba, Secretary General, Convention on Wetlands
  • David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary, CBD
  • Jerker Tamelander, Director, Science and Policy, Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands
  • Maria Teresa Becerra, Chief of the International Affairs Office, Ministry of Environment, Colombia
  • Inge Retnowati, Director of Inland Water and Mangrove Rehabilitation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • Uroš Vajgl, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy, Slovenia
  • Kulani Karunarathne, Director, International Relations, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka
  • Tsepang Makholela, Chief Director, Department of Forestry Fisheries and the Environment, South Africa
  • Camila Isabel Zepeda Lizama, Director General for Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief Climate and Biodiversity Negotiator, Mexico; Co-chair of the Bern III Conference
  • Doreen Robinson, Head of Biodiversity and Land, Ecosystems Division, UNEP
  • Julie Mulonga, Director Eastern Africa, Wetlands International, on behalf of the six International Organization Partners of the Convention on Wetlands
  • Moderator – Monica Kobayashi, Programme Management Officer, CBD Secretariat

Join online here:

Note: The side event will be recorded and available within the Convention on Wetlands YouTube channel to view at any time.


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