DEAR PoWPA National Focal Points and Dear PoWPA FRIENDs
We are ending 2015 in a very optimistic note. We, collectively in a coherent manner:
_Revived our enthusiasm, commitment and partnerships for furthering PoWPA implementation and towards realizing quantitative and qualitative elements of Target 11;_ Reached out to 54 countries in Main land Asia and GRULAC,collected status , gaps and opportunities on each element of Targets 11 and 12 as well as draft priority actions countries would like to undertake in next five years whose implementation would make a change to the existing status and help facilitating towards realizing these targets as a country driven process._Impressed 54 countries the importance and potential of how integrated Protected Area Projects not only contribute to all elements of Targets 11 and 12 but also to Target 5,7,9,10,13 14 and 15._Informed the countries the bilateral and multilateral funding agencies how their funded projects contribute towards above and how they also provide practical means for facilitating achieving the relevant Targets of SDGs ( 2, 6, 12 to 15)as well as how our partnerships provide practical examples for SDG 17;_The declaration by 16 REDPARQUES countries reiterating CBD COP X decision on POWPA and the message to UNFCCC COP on the importance of PAs to Climate Change Adaptation and mitigation and its submission to UNFCCC COP 21, which might have provided basis for inclusion of conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity in Preamble, Articles 5,6,7 and 8 of the historical Paris Climate Accord;_Adoption of SDGS and Paris Climate Agreement provides added impetus to showcase how actions required to realize Target 11 provide practical means for achieving relevant Targets of SDGs and meeting obligations in the climate agreement.
This is just another beginning like that of 2004 when we got PoWPA.Let us pool all our energy and resources in a synergetic manner to showcase in 2020, whether we can and make implementation a reality on the ground.