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21st Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and
10th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

11-14 and 13-16 December 2017 | Montreal, Canada

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Participants from Article 8(j) Working Group observing a moment of silence in memory of former CBD Executive
Secretary Calestous Juma

CBD Highlights for Saturday, 16 December 2017

On Saturday, the plenary of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) heard a report of Friday’s deliberations in the Friends of the Chair group on future work, and participated in an in-depth dialogue on the contribution of traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with special emphasis on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Working Group adopted six recommendations and the meeting report.

CBD Executive Secretary Paşca Palmer considered the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in the Convention critical for assessing implementation on the ground and for developing new arrangements to save biodiversity globally. Working Group Co-chair Ochoa, Mexico on behalf of COP 13 Presidency, stated that the guidelines on traditional knowledge repatriation and the glossary will help develop a common approach across the Convention; and gaveled the meeting to a close at 1:19 pm.

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Article 8(j) Working Group



L-R: Cuauhtémoc Ochoa, Mexico, and Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala, Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Article 8(j)





Tone Solhaug, Norway


Clarissa Nina, Brazil

Alejandra Barrios, Mexico

Ines Verleye, EU


Marie-May Muzungaile, Seychelles

Xu Jing, China

Elise Murphy, Australia


Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper

Valerie Normand, CBD Secretariat



Cuauhtémoc Ochoa, Mexico, and Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala, Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Article 8(j), consulting with the CBD Secretariat




John Scott, CBD Secretariat



View of the presentation by Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme



Mrinalini Rai, Global Forest Coalition

Yoko Watanabe, Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme


Zsolt Molnár, Centre for Ecological Research (Hungary) and lead author of the IPBES Europe and Central Asia Assessment

Gloria Marina Apén Gonzalez, Guatemala


CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer

Cuauhtémoc Ochoa, Mexico, Co-Chair of the Working Group on Article 8(j), gaveled the meeting to a close at 1:19 pm



L-R: Edda Fernández Luiselli, Mexico; John Scott, CBD Secretariat; Viviana Figueroa, CBD Secretariat; Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala, and Cuauhtémoc Ochoa, Mexico, Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Article 8(j); CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer; Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper; and Sergei Melnov, Belarus, Working Group Rapporteur




Participants from the CBD Alliance and IIFB



Delegates from Mexico



CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer with participants from ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and the Philippines



Delegates from Indonesia consulting


Highlights for Friday, 15 December 2017

On Friday morning, the plenary of Article 8(j) Working Group finalized: the draft guidelines on the repatriation of traditional knowledge; and draft recommendations on resource mobilization, the glossary, and on the recommendations from the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Plenary also discussed proposed topics for future in-depth dialogues. In the afternoon, a contact group met to discuss future work, on the basis of progress towards Aichi Target 18 (traditional knowledge), implementation of the customary sustainable use action plan, the integration of Article 8(j) in the work of the CBD and its Protocols, and the finalization of tasks 7, 10 and 12 under the Article 8(j) work programme.

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L-R: John Scott, CBD Secretariat; Cuauhtémoc Ochoa, Mexico, and Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala, Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Article 8(j); Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper; and Valerie Normand, CBD Secretariat




Delegates from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, and Switzerland, developing a definition of traditional biological resources


Luciano Donadio, Argentina

Maria Claudia Velez Crismatt, Colombia


Leelo Kukk, EU

Abdirizak Mohamud, Somalia

Ilham Atho Mohamed, Maldives


Antje Lorch, ECOROPA

Sahoby Yvy Randriamahaleo, Madagascar

Joji Cariño, Forest Peoples Programme


Edward Netshithothole, South Africa

Clarissa Arida, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Marcal Gusmao, Timor-Leste



Sarat Babu Gidda
, CBD Secretariat, in conversation with delegates from the Republic of Korea



CBD Secretariat staff


Highlights for Thursday, 14 December 2017

On Thursday morning, the Working Group on Article 8(j) considered: resource mobilization; progress towards Aichi Target 18 (traditional knowledge), implementation of the customary sustainable use action plan, and integration of Article 8(j) in the work of the CBD and its Protocols; finalization of tasks 7, 10 and 12 under the Article 8(j) work programme; recommendations from the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII); and a draft recommendation on the glossary. In the evening, the Article 8(j) Working Group’s contact group on the draft guidelines on the repatriation of traditional knowledge convened.

In the afternoon, SBSTTA plenary addressed a draft recommendation on mainstreaming biodiversity and adopted all recommendations, closing at 6:29 pm.

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L-R: Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; SBSTTA 21 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines; and CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper


Georgina Catacora-Vargas, Bolivia

Hesiquio Diaz, Mexico



L-R: Lena Chan and Jeremy Woon Ren Wei, Singapore


Anne Theo Seinen, EU

Ines Verleye, Belgium

Marcelo Böhlke, Brazil


Andrew Stott, UK

Elizabeth Cardenas Cappelletti, Peru


Sergiy Gubar
, Ukraine


Malta Qwathekana, South Africa

Hamdallah Zedan, Egypt


CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer

SBSTTA 21 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines, gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:29 pm


Highlights for Wednesday, 13 December 2017

On Wednesday morning, the tenth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) opened with a Mohawk prayer. Delegates considered the draft Rutzolijirisaxik voluntary guidelines for the repatriation of traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; and the glossary of relevant terms and concepts within the context of CBD Article 8(j) and related provisions.

In the afternoon and evening, SBSTTA plenary addressed draft recommendations on: scenarios for the 2050 vision; new and emerging issues; health and biodiversity; the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 5); and sustainable wild meat. Negotiations continued into the night.

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On Wednesday morning, the tenth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) opened with a Mohawk prayer.



Elder Alex Sonny Diabo, Mohawk Nation



L-R: John Scott, CBD Secretariat; Edda Férnandez Luiselli, Mexico, and Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala, Co-Chairs of Working Group on Article 8(j); CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer; and CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper



CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer


Working Group Co-Chair Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos, Guatemala

Working Group Co-Chair Edda Férnandez Luiselli, Mexico



Working Group participants observing a moment of silence in memory of Johan Bodegård, Sweden, and Damaso Luna, Mexico



Delegates from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs)


Highlights for Tuesday, 12 December 2017

On Tuesday, SBSTTA plenary addressed: mainstreaming biodiversity in the energy, mining, infrastructure, manufacturing, processing, and health sectors; the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 5); and new and emerging issues. Plenary also considered draft recommendations on: tools to evaluate the effectiveness of policy instruments for the implementation of the Strategic Biodiversity Plan; and scenarios for the 2050 vision for biodiversity. The Friends of the Chair group on wild meat reconvened in the evening. A Friends of the Chair group, facilitated by Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana), on new and emerging issues also met in the evening.

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Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, Global Hub Director, Futurearth


CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer



Francis Ogwal, Uganda, Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) Chair


Marle Aguilar Ponce, Honduras

Sujata Arora, India



L-R: Lisa Janishevski, Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; Norbert Bärlocher, Switzerland; CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer; Robert Höft, Kieran Noonan Mooney, CBD Secretariat; CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper; and Johany Martinez, CBD Secretariat



Prudence Galega, Cameroon


Yasmina El Bahloul, Morocco

Boukar Attari, Niger



L-R: Tone Solhaug, Marie Haraldstad and Maja Stade Aarønæs, Norway


L-R: Lisa Janishevski, Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper; and Norbert Bärlocher, Switzerland


Highlights for Monday, 11 December 2017

On Tuesday, SBSTTA plenary addressed: mainstreaming biodiversity in the energy, mining, infrastructure, manufacturing, processing, and health sectors; the fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 5); and new and emerging issues. Plenary also considered draft recommendations on: tools to evaluate the effectiveness of policy instruments for the implementation of the Strategic Biodiversity Plan; and scenarios for the 2050 vision for biodiversity. The Friends of the Chair group on wild meat reconvened in the evening. A Friends of the Chair group, facilitated by Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana), on new and emerging issues also met in the evening.

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L-R: Dais during the opening plenary with Lisa Janishevski, CBD Secretariat; Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat; SBSTTA 21 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines; CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer; Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper; and Robert Höft, CBD Secretariat


CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer

SBSTTA 21 Chair Theresa Mundita Lim, the Philippines


Andreas Obrecht, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper



SBSTTA 21 participants observing a moment of silence in memory of Damaso Luna, Mexico


IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie

Wahiakatste Diome-Deer, IIFB


Basile van Havre, Canada

Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition

Hamdallah Zedan, Egypt


Senka Barudanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jing Xin, China

Almuth Ostermeyer-Schlöder, Germany


Norberto Navarro, the Philippines

Francis Ogwal, Uganda

Hesiquio Diaz, Mexico


Prudence Galega, Cameroon

Lisama Sabry, Maldives



CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer, consuting with CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper




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