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8th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity  
10 - 14 March 2003 | Montreal, Canada


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Highlights for
Tuesday, 11 March 2003

Delegates met throughout the day in two Working Groups. Working Group I (WG-I) considered mountain biodiversity. A Friends of the Chair group on the list of technologies and recommendations, and a contact group on the programme of work were formed and met in the evening. Working Group II (WG-II) addressed inland waters, and started discussing marine and coastal biodiversity. A Friends of the Chair group met in the evening to discuss a chair’s text on inland waters. Above photo: Working Group I dias chaired by Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (Iran).

Working Group I: 

Chair Robert Andren (Sweden) (right) opened discussion on mountain biodiversity and the Secretariat introduced documents on: status, trends of, and threats to, mountain biodiversity (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/5); measures for conservation and sustainable use (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/6); and proposed elements for a work programme (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/7).

On the proposed elements for the programme of work, CUBA and others asked for reference to indigenous communities.

UGANDA stressed the importance of capacity building, information exchange and incentives for mountain dwellers to adopt alternative livelihoods.

CHINA said national plans, programmes and policies should follow the objectives set by COP-7.

CAMEROON and others advocated expanding the expert group’s mandate to include poverty alleviation, awareness raising, sustainable use by local communities and land-use change.

AUSTRIA stressed the need for targets and indicators, and identifying actors, at various levels, to implement the programme of work.

UKRAINE proposed eco-corridors and eco-nets as tools for mountain biodiversity.

Working Group II: 


Chair Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (Iran) (right) placed the review of the work programme in the context of the 2003 International Year of Freshwater and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

Regarding the status and trends of inlands waters (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/8/Add.1) GHANA stressed poverty as a major threat.

INDIA underscored community participation and noted that security of livelihood is related to wetlands’ conservation.


AUSTRALIA said the formulation of the goal on impact assessment may cover actions for which rigorous assessment is impossible.

The NETHERLANDS said that work of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on incentives should be taken into account.

called for indigenous participation in inland waters’ management.


The Secretariat introduced the documents on: review and elaboration of the work programme (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/9 and INF/13, 15 and 16); the report of the expert group on marine and coastal protected areas (MCPAs) (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/9/Add.1 and INF/7, 11, 12 and 14); the report of the expert group on mariculture (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/9/Add.2 and INF/6); and deep seabed genetic resources beyond national jurisdiction (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/9/Add.3/Rev.1 and INF/3/Rev.1).

BRAZIL underscored the needs of stakeholders and local communities in developing countries.

The SEYCHELLES stressed the need to reflect progress on coral reef protection.

Regarding the expert group on integrated management, JAPAN requested reconsidering its establishment.

FRANCE called for in-depth studies on the MCPAs� impacts on economic well-being and fisheries activities.

CANADA highlighted local communities� participation when establishing and managing MCPAs.

ICELAND called for a definition of MCPAs and highlighted the IUCN management classification system.

The US said MCPAs are successful when science based, enforceable, activity-oriented and consistent with international law.

A representative from the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea said the jurisdictional framework for establishing MCPAs is provided for by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

WWF recommended a targeted monitoring mechanism on the establishment of networks and individual areas.


ENB Summary of  CBD SBSTTA-7 ( HTML or PDF )

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ENB's Introduction to CBD



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