It is now widely recognized that climate change, land degradation, and biodiversity are interconnected; not only through the effects of climate change on biodiversity and land management, but also through the changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning that affect climate change. Maintaining and restoring healthy ecosystems plays a key role in adapting to and mitigating climate change.
In 1992, the Earth Summit established three Rio Conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) is a platform for raising awareness and sharing information about the latest practices and scientific findings linking biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable land management.
In 2015, the RCP convened at the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD (COP12) in October and at twenty first session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21) in Paris, France December.
The RCP will convene at the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP13) in Cancun, Mexico in December 2016.