Eighth Conference of the Parties  to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-8)

20-31 March 2006| Curitiba, Brazil

Highlights for Wednes
day, 22 March 2006

Delegates to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-8) met in two working groups throughout the day. Working Group I (WG-I) addressed: forest biodiversity; inland waters; and marine and coastal biodiversity. Working Group II (WG-II) considered Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge); communication, awareness and public awareness (CEPA); progress in implementation; and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 

Above photos: One of the exhibits by the Brazilian government; one of the picture of the 2006 Curitiba Year of Biodiversity campaign "Biodiversity is in all of us".



Above photo L-R: Jo Mulongoy (CBD), WG-I Chair Matthew Jebb and Manuel Guariguata (CBD)

The UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) commented on the role of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests in enhancing international collaboration and focusing on implementation.

Above photo: Tiina Vahanen (FAO)

The UN FORUM ON FORESTS (UNFF) reported on the outcomes of its sixth meeting (February 2006), including agreement on adopting a non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests at UNFF-7. 

Above photo: Peter Csoka (UNFF)

INDONESIA and others invited collaboration and harmonization with UNFF, FAO, regional Forest Law Enforcement and Governance processes, and the International Timber Trade Organization.

Above photo: Dedy Darnaedi (Indonesia)

The WOMEN’S CAUCUS and others called for a moratorium on GM trees.

Above photo: Anne Petermann (The Women's Caucus)

The MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON THE PROTECTION OF FORESTS IN EUROPE (MCPFE) stressed the importance of regional cooperation in the implementation of international commitments. 

Above photo: Piotr Borkowski (MCPFE)

MALAWI  reported on national activities and called for their continued support. 

Above photo: James Seyani (Malawi)


VENEZUELA proposed recognizing that the CBD, in the framework of the UNGA Working Group on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, is the appropriate instrument to promote activities for the conservation and sustainable use of such biodiversity.

Above photo: Lucas Gonzales, Luis Niño and Luis G. Uzcátegui (Venezuela)
COLOMBIA preferred the CBD to provide technical guidance and the UNGA Working Group legal guidance.

Above photo: Fernando Casas (Colombia)
The EU suggested the CBD contribute to the ecosystem and precautionary approaches, and COP-8 support the establishment of a follow-up process by the General Assembly on such biodiversity. 

Above photo L-R: Nicola (EC) Elfriede Anna More (Austria for the EU)


Above photos: WG-II Chair Sem Shikongo with the support from CBD's John Scott, Arthur Nogueira, and David Cooper.


Above photos: Indigenous participants from Brazil wearing their traditional headdresses.

The EU, supported by many, called for full and effective indigenous participation in the work of the Convention, in particular the negotiations of an international ABS regime.

Above photo: Gabriele Obermayr (Austria for the EU)
BOLIVIA suggested applying the Article 8(j) Working Group indigenous participation procedures in the ABS Working Group. 

Above photo: Beatriz Zapata Ferrufino (Bolivia)
The TSLEIL-WATUTH NATION presented an elder’s statement from the international meeting on indigenous perspectives on benefit-sharing, noting that indigenous peoples have to determine the process for traditional knowledge protection.

Above photo L-R: Carleen A. Thomas, Evan Stewart (Tseil-Watuth Nation) discussing with Sophie Bernier (Canada)

CHINA welcomed the establishment of a Voluntary Fund to enable indigenous participation in CBD negotiations. 

Above photo: Wang Jie (China)
AUSTRALIA requested clarifying that sui generis systems are not based on intellectual property rights. 

Above photo: Anne Marie Watt (Australia)
The IIFB called on parties to implement the work programme and submit national reports to allow for its mandated review. 

Above photo: Relmu Namku (IIFB)


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