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Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

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Partnership Overview | Objectives

The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) assists islands in addressing one of the world?s greatest challenges: to conserve and sustainably utilize the invaluable island natural resources that support people, cultures, and livelihoods in their island homes around the world. It brings together island nations and nations with islands ? small and large, developing and developed ? to mobilize leadership, increase resources and share skills, knowledge, technologies and innovations in a cost-effective and sustainable way that will catalyze action for conservation and sustainable livelihoods on islands. It is recognised by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as a partnership to advance the implementation of the CBD 2010 biodiversity target, to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss, and the programmes of work on island biodiversity and protected areas.

Since it was first called for in Mauritius (January 2005) and launched at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Brazil (March 2006), GLISPA has grown rapidly as an informal network advancing island conservation and sustainable livelihoods, with seven major strategies:
Inspire and recognise leadership and commitments to action for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods;
Strengthen partnerships to support implementation of commitments and to build local long-term conservation capacity;
Facilitate increased public and private funding for island priorities;
Promote targeted and cost-effective collaboration and exchanges among islands;
Engage in effective communication strategies on island issues;
Build linkages between all islands, regardless of political status;

Since its inception in 2005, GLISPA has engaged leaders all over the world. More than 60 governments of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), large island countries, countries with islands, overseas territories, as well as multi and bilateral agencies, and international, national and regional organisations have worked with GLISPA to advance high-level commitments and on the ground action for island conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Without formal structure or dedicated staffing, GLISPA has helped catalyse more than US$70 million in commitments to island conservation.

The SCBD has been instrumental in the organization of GLISPA. Indeed, GLISPA responds directly to paragraph 16 of decision VIII/1, which "encourages Parties to establish national, subregional, regional and international island partnerships that bring Governments and civil society organizations together to increase political, financial and technical support to accelerate the implementation of the programme of work on island biodiversity".

In 2008, COP 9 recognized GLISPA as one of the mechanisms to implement the island biodiversity programme of work and welcomed the establishment of a coordination mechanism for GLISPA, to be hosted by the IUCN (decision IX/21).

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