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First Meeting of the Ad-Hoc Open-Ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) And Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Seville, Spain; 27 -  31 March 2000


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Final Briefing:

The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in Seville, Spain from 27-31 March 2000. Over 380 participants, representing governments, indigenous peoples' organizations, NGOs and the academic community, attended the meeting.

Delegates met in two Sub-Working Groups. Sub-Working Group I considered: participatory mechanisms for indigenous and local communities; equitable sharing of benefits; and legal elements. Sub-Working Group II reviewed: status and trends in relation to Article 8(j) and related provisions; traditional cultural practices for conservation and sustainable use; exchange and dissemination of information; and monitoring elements. The Plenary discussed and international cooperation among indigenous and local communities and priorities, opportunities for collaboration and implementation of the work programme, as well as recommendations resulting from the work of the Sub-Working Groups. The recommendations from the Working Group will be forwarded to the fifth Conference of the Parties (COP-5) of the CBD to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 15-26 May 2000.

Working Group deliberations over the week unveiled fundamental philosophical differences regarding the protection of traditional knowledge as a cultural right or as an economic right. Ideological complexities were revealed in talks on equitable benefit-sharing, information dissemination, and protection systems. Nevertheless, in the spirit of cooperation and with a general desire to advance understanding of these issues, delegates made progress in addressing the agenda items and were able to draft a set of recommendations for consideration by COP-5.


Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary and Chair Juan Luis Muriel embrace at the conclusion of the Plenary.


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Article 8(j) And Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Critical linkages with other provisions of the CBD
Article 6 General Measures for Conservation and Sustainable Use
Article 7 Identification and Monitoring
Article 8 In-situ Conservation
Article 10 (c) provides for the sustainable use of components of biological diversity
Article 11 Incentive Measures
Article 14.1a Indigenous and local community knowledge
Article 15.5 Access to genetic resources and benefit sharing
Article 16 Access to and Technology Transfer
ENB report of the meeting on traditional knowledge held under the CBD (Madrid, October 1997)
Experts' Panel on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ENB coverage, October 1999)
Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Biological Diversity (CBD background documents, November 1997)
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