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

20-31 March 2006| Curitiba, Brazil

Highlights for Fri
day, 24 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) reached agreement on genetic use restriction technologies (GURTs) and addressed protected areas (PAs), invasive alien species (IAS), and liability and redress. Working Group II (WG-II) considered: financial resources; implementation of the 2010 target; national reporting; and cooperation with other organizations.

Above photo: Girma Balcha (Ethiopia) and Michael Andrew (Saint Lucia) answering questions from school children. 

Above photo: CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf posing with delegates from Africa. A brief plenary convened in the afternoon to hear reports on WG deliberations and from the contact group on the budget, and an update on regional nominations for the Bureau. Delegates paid tribute to Tewolde Egziabher (Ethiopia) (above) for being named “Champion of the Earth 2006” by UNEP. 



Marine protected areas (MPAs): Chair Jebb established a Friends of the Chair group on MPAs beyond national jurisdiction, in light of the outcome of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Working Group. Alfred Oteng Yeboah (Ghana) (above) was nominated to chair the group.

CANADA, supported by ICELAND, highlighted the scientific and technical input of CBD, and proposed focusing on selection criteria for significant areas, biogeography delineation, development of tools and cooperation with other organizations.

Above photo: Reneé Sauve  (Canada)

AUSTRALIA proposed that CBD recognize the competence of UNGA processes on high seas governance issues, and prioritize national capacity building.

Above photo: Anne Marie Watt (Australia)

GREENPEACE urged: a COP decision recognizing the governance gap on high seas PAs; a recommendation to UNGA on adoption for interim measures; an ad hoc technical expert group (AHTEG) on criteria for establishing MPAs; and CBD work on threats to marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. 

Above photo: Karen Sack (Greenpeace)

KIRIBATI stressed the link between MPAs and local communities livelihoods and traditional practices. 

Above photo:
Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruata (Kiribati)

WWF recalled that without adequate fisheries management, any MPA would be under constant threat, and urged States to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Above photo: Sian Owen (WWF)

The US outlined their efforts to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems. 

Above photo: Christine Dawson (US)


MEXICO called for risk analysis on species that are subject to export and potentially invasive.

Above photo: Hesiquio Benitez-Diaz and Luz Marķa Ortiz (Mexico)
KENYA called for text encouraging relevant organizations to conduct risk assessments and develop a code of practice.

Above photo: Rose Mwangi, Anne Angwenyi, and Maurice Wanyiri (Kenya)
MALAYSIA prioritized capacity building and additional funding.

Above photo: Zilkifli Bin Idris (Malaysia)



The Philippines, on behalf of G-77/CHINA, expressed concerns regarding the availability and accessibility of Global Environment Facility (GEF) financing, especially the implications of the Resource Allocation Framework (RAF) on developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States. 

Above photo: Bernarditas Mueller (The Philippines)

NIGERIA emphasized that the COP should give guidance to GEF on financing, not vice versa.

Above photo: Ositadinma Anaedu (Nigeria)

CANADA supported the RAF, noting that it provides a more equitable and transparent process of resource allocation.

Above photo: Caroline Caza (Canada)


COLOMBIA stressed the need to refine and revise the 2010 goals and targets, particularly those relating to traditional knowledge and technology transfer.

Above photoL-R: Andres Felipe Garcia, Adriana Mendoza and Martha Ligia Perez (Colombia)
INDIA noted the goals and targets cannot be used to evaluate national implementation.

Above photo: Sujata Arora (India)
ECUADOR called for financial resources for preparation of reports on the 2010 target and development of additional indicators.

Above photo: Wilson Rojas (Ecuador)


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