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

20-31 March 2006| Curitiba, Brazil

Highlights for 
Thursday, 30 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 to approve draft decisions. Contact groups convened on: high seas protected areas (PAs); agricultural biodiversity; and the financial mechanism. Informal consultations were held on numerous issues.

Above photos:
Greenpeace - Kids for Forests paid a courtesy visit to CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf and presented him an album of drawings on biodiversity from kids all over the world.


Above photo: Delegates from the Australia, Brazil, Canada and the EU in informal consultation during a session on forest biodiversity. 



PERU suggested language urging parties to strengthen capacity building.

Above photo: Maria Luisa del Rio Mispireta (Peru)

CUBA suggested that information relating to GURTs should be disseminated in the most effective way, using appropriate language and simplified form, as well as via the Clearing-House Mechanism and other means.

Above photo: Dalia Maria Salabarria Fernandez, Orlando Rey Santos and Henrique H. Hernández (Cuba)

ISLAND BIODIVERSITY: JAMAICA reported on the work of the contact group on island biodiversity, including finalizing a list of suggested supporting actions for parties. Delegates approved the draft decision, with minor amendments.

Above photo: Elaine Fisher (Jamaica)

INLAND WATERS: On a draft decision, CUBA and the EU proposed that the COP invite the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention to explore further ways and means for a strategic approach to stakeholder involvement and to present proposals thereon for SBSTTA consideration. The draft decision was approved as amended. 

Above photo L-R: Nicola Notaro (EC) and Gabriele Obermayr (Austria, on behalf of the EU)



Venezuela for GRULAC called for a decision to establish a working group on technology transfer.

Above photo: Aleidi Sangroni (Venezuela)

NEW ZEALAND suggested requesting party submissions to the Executive Secretary on options to apply measures and mechanisms for technology transfer and cooperation.

Above photo: Alison Watson (New Zealand)

COLOMBIA proposed a reference to access to technology and, supported by many, deleting the annex on activities for enhancement of the CHM as a key mechanism in technology transfer and cooperation, noting that it is already considered under the CHM agenda item. 

Above photo L-R: Juanita Chaves, Martha Ligia Perez and Maria Andrea Alban (Colombia)


Indonesia, for the G-77/CHINA, opposed text on exploring the possibility of creating a new financing mechanism.

Above photo: Dewi Savitri Wahab (Indonesia)

The EU suggested requesting to ensure the Secretariat’s adequate support to CEPA work programme.

Above photo L-R: Maite Martin Crespo (Spain) and Elfriede Anna More (Austria, on behalf of the EU)

The IIFB supported the PHILIPPINES' request that indigenous representatives be part of the CEPA informal advisory committee.

Above photo: Malia Nobrega (IIFB)


Delegates discussed the need to define criteria for the identification of marine protected areas (MPAs), with some opposing language on criteria for MPA establishment and management. Delegates agreed on: inviting the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to establish a “timely” follow-up to the UNGA Working Group, encouraging parties and the Executive Secretary to provide CBD's input; and urging actions to implement the UNGA resolution on destructive fishing practices, and to fully cooperate in UNGA-61 review of the resolution implementation, taking into account the precautionary approach provisions in the Fish Stocks Agreement, FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and developments under the CBD. Delegates also debated whether CBD should not only provide scientific but also technical information and advice. 

Above photos L-R: CG Chair Renée Sauvé (Canada); delegates from the CG session on high seas.


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