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FOURTH SESSION OF THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM: GBF4 will be held from 31 August - 1 September 1996, immediately prior to SBSTTA-2, at the Palais des Congress, Montreal, Canada. GBF4 will focus on four themes: Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Forests Biodiversity; New Methods for Linking People and Protected Areas; and Economic Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation. For information on submitting abstracts or attending the forum contact: Jeffrey McNeely, Chief Scientist, GBF4 - Montreal, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, 28 Rue Mauverney, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland. Tel: +41-22 999-0001; Fax: +41-22 999- 0025; e-mail m@hq.iucn.org. Alternate contact: Tim Lash, Acting Director, GBF4- Montreal, IUCN Montreal, 380 St. Antoine Street West, Suite 3200, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2Y 3X7. Tel: +1-514 287-9704; Fax: +1-514 287-9057; e-mail: <<gbf@iucn.ca>>.

SUBSIDIARY BODY FOR SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE: SBSTTA will hold its second meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 2 - 6 September 1996. Contact: CBD Secretariat, World Trade Center, 413 St. Jacques Street, Office 630, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1N9, Canada; Tel: +1-514 288-2220; Fax +1-514 288-6588; e-mail: <<biodiv@mtl.net>>.

REGIONAL AND SUBREGIONAL MEETINGS: The CBD Secretariat is currently discussing preparations for Regional and Subregional Meetings, as provided for in Decision II/22 of COP-2, in order to assist in regional coordination for COP-3. Contact the CBD Secretariat for more information as it becomes available.

UNEP-SPONSORED BIOSAFETY MEETING (TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED): A technical workshop on biosafety will be held the week before COP-3 of the CBD in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 31 October - 1 November 1996. Contact: Hamdallah Zedan, UNEP Biodiversity Unit, Nairobi, Kenya; Fax +254-2 623 926; e-mail: <<hamdallah.zedan@unep.org>>.

FIFTH SESSION OF THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM: GBF5 is scheduled for the weekend before COP-3, from 2-3 November 1996 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Contact Jeffrey McNeely, IUCN for more information.

THIRD CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES: COP-3 will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 4-15 November 1996. Contact the CBD Secretariat for more information.

FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE WORKING GROUP ON BIOSAFETY: Pending sufficient funds and Secretariat assistance, delegates proposed to hold two five- day meetings in 1997, tentatively scheduled for 12-16 May and 13-17 October. It is likely that the dates and the locations will be finalized at COP-3.

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