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Provisional Program

26 October 2013 - Ajaccio Convention Center

08:30  Opening session

  • Mr Paul Giacobbi, President of the Corsica Territorial Authority and Chair of the Board of the French Marine Protection Agency (opening and welcome)
  • Ms Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN (conclusions from Marseille)
  • Mr Jean-Michel Cousteau, Chair, Green Cross France and Territories
  • Ms Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India (Chair of the Convention on biological diversity)
  • Mr Philippe Martin, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France (building the global MPA networks together)

9:00-10:10  Ocean Protection: MPAs delivering benefits for humans and marine life               

  • Co-Chair: Mr Pierre Hélé, Minister of Environment, nature protection and sustainable development, Cameroon
  • Co-Chair: Mr Juergen Voegele, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Co-Chair: Mr Erdogan Bayraktar, Minister of Environment & Urban Planning, Turkey (to be confirmed)
  • Rapporteur from congress:Dan Laffoley, IUCN-WCPA

30’ Panel discussion

  • Mr Victor Manuel Borges, Minister of Fisheries, Mozambique
  • Mr Paul Holtus, World Ocean Council
  • Mr Jim Leape, Director General, WWF International
  • Ms Anne Paugam, Director General, French Development Agency
  • HRH Prince Kahled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, President, Living oceans foundation
  • Mr Mihael Zmajlović, Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection,Croatia (to be confirmed)

40’ Ministerial and Heads of International Institutions discussion

10:10-11:20  Ocean conservation at scale: promoting the regional scale as the appropriate framework for effective action

  • Co-Chair: Mr Rolph Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy, Seychelles
  • Co-Chair: Ms Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF
  • Co-Chair : Mr Andrea Orlando, Minister of the Environment, Territory Protection and the Sea, Italy (to be confirmed)
  • Rapporteur from Congress: Christophe Lefebvre, French Marine Protected Areas Agency

30’ Panel discussion

  • Ms Katarina Poskiparta, State Secretary to the Minister of Environment, Finland
  • Mr Ibrahima Boiro, Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests, Guinea
  • Ms Therezya Hovisa, Minister of Environment, Tanzania
  • Mr Abou Bamba, Abidjan Convention
  • Ms Maria Luisa Silva, Executive Secretary, Barcelona Convention
  • Mr Tuilomi Neroni Slade, Ocean Commissioner, Pacific Islands Forum (to be confirmed)
  • Mr Nelson Andrade, Coordinator, PNUE CAR/RCU

40’ Ministerial and Heads of International Institutions discussion

11:20-11:50  Coffee break

11:50-13:00  Aichi 11 in the high seas, enhancing the achievement of the MPAs objective through international initiatives

  • Co-Chair: Mr Philippe Martin, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France
  • Co-Chair:  Mr Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia (to be confirmed)
  • Co-Chair:  Ms Cristina Narbona, Global Ocean Commission
  • Rapporteur: Mr François Simard, IUCN

30’ Panel discussion

  • Mr Luc Oyoubi, Minister of economy, employment and sustainable development, Gabon
  • Ms Sandra Bessudo, councillor to the Colombian Presidency
  • Ms Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, DOALOS
  • Ms Liesbeth Lijnzaad, BBNJ UN working group (to be confirmed)
  • Mr Russel Mittermeier, President, Conservation International (to be confirmed)
  • Mr Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister, France

40’ Ministerial Discussion

13:00-14:15   Official Lunch

14:30-16:00  Closing Ceremony

  • Mr Braulio Ferreira de Sauza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD, on Aichi Target 11 and how will we reach it
  • Ajaccio Ministerial Declaration on Working Together to Build the Global Marine Protected Areas Network
  • Statements and commitments by participants
  • Cultural interludes
  • Final ceremony : toward IMPAC4

16:00-17:00 Press Conference

19:00-22:30 Cocktail dinner at the Convention Center, introduced by traditional Corsican songs



 27 October 2013, 09:00-16:30 - Field Visits

Boat tour of Scandola-Girolata-Calanques de Piana Nature Reserve and World Heritage Site

  • 09:00          Boarding in Ajaccio harbor
  • 11:00          Arrival in the Reserve. Onboard lunch, before returning to Ajaccio
  • 16:15          Arrival in Ajaccio harbor
  • 16:30          Tour ends and transfer to airport if needed

Should the sea prove inclement, a substitute program will be offered.

Bus tour to the Sanguinaires Islands and visits in Ajaccio.


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