These territories are home to an "outstanding" nature, remnants of original nature, which humanity has succeeded in preserving thanks (in particular) to the registration of these sites to the UNESCO World Heritage List: biosphere reserves, or federal, national or regional parks - all types of governance structures in which subnational governments are involved, thus participating in their protection. This theme reminds us that we have collectively succeeded in protecting some of these sites of exceptional beauty and uniqueness. However, many more still remain in urgent need of effective protection.
Through successful examples, how can we ensure that others are protected? What role(s) can local authorities play in ensuring that the most remarkable sites benefit from these strong protections? How can human/urban development and the preservation of these biodiversity hotspots be reconciled? How can these hotspots be protected from over-frequentation? How can they be managed to cope with the effects of climate change?
Webinar with interpretation
A global picture of the role and involvement of subnational governments, in the designation of protected areas or the implementation of OECMs
|Jyoti Hosagrahar - Deputy Director - World Heritage Centre, Culture Sector, UNESCO [pre-recorded video]|
|Meriem Bouamrane - Environmental economist, Chief of Section on research and policy on biodiversity - Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, Man and the Biosphere programme, UNESCO|
How to reconcile the preservation of these exceptional sites and urban development ?
|Richard Weller - Meyerson Chair of Urbanism - Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania|
|Barbara Camier - Elected representative in charge of the preservation of the natural heritage and the embellishment of the territory - Saint François, Guadeloupe|
|Jérémy Delolme - Ecologist and Coordinator of the conservation plan for the Pointe des Châteaux as part of the Opération Grand Site - Saint François, Guadeloupe|
|Julia Wood - Head of Biodiversity Management - City of Cape Town|
Conciliating conservation and economic activity
|James Spalding Hellmers - Founding Member - Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers|
|Yangbo Kim - Head of the Environmental Conservation Bureau - Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, South Korea|