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

20-31 March 2006| Curitiba, Brazil

Highlights for Wednes
day, 29 March 2006

Delegates to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-8) met in a high-level plenary session throughout the day. Contact groups convened on: access and benefit-sharing (ABS); protected areas (PAs); incentive measures; island biodiversity; and the financial mechanism.

Above photos top-bottom: Ambassador Collette Lambin (Côte d'Ivoire) and Brazil's Vice-Minister of the Environment 
Cláudio Langone presenting gifts to the CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf.


Above photo L-R: Luciano Ducci, Deputy Mayor of Curitiba; CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf and Marina Silva, Brazil’s Minister of the Environment, opened the High-level plenary session.

Above photo: Luciano Ducci, Deputy Mayor of Curitiba, stressed the local governments’ role in conserving biodiversity. 

Above photo: In a video message, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai (Kenya) highlighted the need to raise awareness and reduce poverty for promoting biodiversity conservation.

Above photo: CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf announced signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Secretariat and the Greenbelt Movement of Kenya for offsetting the Secretariat’s carbon emissions.

Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, on behalf of G-77/China, underlined the importance of benefit-sharing, and expressed concern about the impacts of genetic engineering.

Rejoice Mabudafhasi, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, on behalf of the Network of Women Ministers, noted the need to promote food security and prevent biopiracy.

H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, the President of Palau, called upon GEF to prioritize funding to the island biodiversity work programme. 

HRH Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Minister of Environment of Saudi Arabia, highlighted biodiversity conservation measures in Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the establishment of the Arab Union for natural reserves. 

Above photo: Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Botswana’s Minister for Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, on behalf of Southern African Development Community, expressed concerns over biopiracy.

Above photo: Angelo Reyes, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines, called for institutionalized indigenous participation in ABS negotiations. 

Ichinkhorloo Erdenebaatar, Mongolia’s Minister of Nature and Environment, noted the national regulatory framework supporting the Convention’s implementation, particularly the draft biosafety law. Above photo L-R: Minister Erdenebaatar with ENB writer Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa.

Swoyambhu Man Amatya, Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, highlighted the importance of local communities in the Convention implementation. 

Above photo:
Swoyambhu Man Amatya and Krishna Chandra Paudel (Nepal)

Chérif Rahmani, Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General on the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, emphasized the importance of biodiversity conservation in deserts and drylands to ensure livelihoods of millions people.

Above photo:
Chérif Rahmani presenting a gift to CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf.


Delegates met throughout the day in the contact group on the financial mechanism and while reaching consensus on some paragraph, a number of critical issues still remain outstanding. 

Above photo: CG Chair Josef Buys (Belgium)

Above photo: Bernarditas Mueller (The Philippines)


Above photos: Dan Ogolla (CBD), Valerie Normand (CBD), CG co-chairs François Pythoud (Switzerland) and Pierre du Plessis (Namibia)

Delegates initiated consideration of a revised draft decision. On the document to form the basis of the ABS Working Group negotiations, delegates agreed to annex the ABS-4 outcome to the COP decision and transmit it to ABS-5, together with the outcome of the expert group on the certificate, a progress report on the gap analysis and the matrix, and other inputs submitted by parties, noting that the annex reflects parties’ range of views.

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Related Links
CBD Secretariat
COP8 / MOP3 CBD Secretariat website
COP8 / MOP3 Brazilian Secretariat website
Global Message of Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf on achieving the 2010 Biodiversity Target
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Web page
COP-8 Documents
COP/MOP-3 Documents
Global Environment Facility (GEF) 
International Institute for Sustainable Development

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