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7th CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (COP-7)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 9-20 February 2004
Highlights for Friday 20 February 2004
The closing Plenary met on Friday, 20 February, at 11 pm. Delegates adopted decisions and heard closing statements. Discussions arose over Article 8(j), incentive measures, invasive alien species and the budget. President Dato' Seri Law gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:38 am.
photo L-R: Hamdallah Zedan (CBD Executive Secretary),
Dato' Seri Law and Dan Ogolla (CBD)
Update as of 7:00 pm (KL time)
to COP-7 continued to meet in two Working Groups. Working Group I
finalized consideration of invasive alien species. On a paragraph inviting
Parties, as well as national, regional, and international organizations to
take various actions, Parties agreed to add a footnote that states that
the paragraph's implementation should not promote incentives that
negatively affect biodiversity of other countries. The Working Group just
finished discussing marine and coastal biodiversity. Working
Group II finalized agreement on incentive measures, Article 8(j) and
access and benefit-sharing.
Right photo: John Hough (UNDP) and John Michael Matuszak (US)
Following consultations on the
intersessional meetings, the Friends of the President group
proposed holding: two SBSTTA meetings, one of which in conjunction
with a meeting on the Strategic Plan and the 2010 target, two
meetings of the Working Group on access and benefit-sharing, one
of which in conjunction with a meeting of the Working Group on
Article 8(j), and at least one meeting of a newly established
Working Group on protected areas. Plenary is scheduled to start at
Left photo below: The EU in intently looking at the changes to the text on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity while Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (iran) (bottom right corner) waits for the EU to come up with text.
mountain biodiversity, delegates decided to delete reference to other
international obligations and mutually supportive of international
environment and trade agreements, but to include a footnote stating that
the implementation of the work programme should not promote incentives
that negatively affect biodiversity of other countries.
Above photos: Working Group I in a huddle frenzy morning involving the mostly the EU, Brazil and Argentina. Right photo: Greenpeace Kid's for Forest posing for a group photo.
On inland water ecosystems, delegates decided to insert the same footnote that was agreed upon regarding mountain biodiversity, stating that the implementation of the work programme should not promote incentives that negatively affect biodiversity of other countries. References to obligations under other international agreements, including trade agreements, were deleted.
Left photo: Matilde Conceiçao Gomes Lopes (Guinea Bissau)
On a goal regarding incentives
measures, delegates agreed to retain text on removing, or reforming
appropriately, any perverse incentives opposing conservation and
sustainable use of ecosystems, but to delete reference to subsidies of
local production or consumption that distort international trade.
Right photo L-R: Chee Yoke Ling, Khoo Swee Lee, Beth Burrows, and Xiong Lei, delegates from Third World Network (TWN) and the Edmonds Institute.
WG-I Chair Hans Hoogeveen (the Netherlands) announced that the Friends of the President's group reached agreement on the sequence and number of meetings related to the CBD.
discussed a draft work plan on coral bleaching, annexed to the
work programme on marine and coastal ecosystems. They debated
whether to include ongoing activities in the plan, and decided to
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PROMOTES TO DELEGATES OF THE 7TH CONFERENCE OF THE
PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY ABOUT DARWIN INITIATIVE
Projects aimed at protecting vulnerable biodiversity can get help from the UK – and that help is growing in value, UK Environment Minister Elliot Morley (left) told delegates to the an international conference on 17 February.
Mr. Morley, who with ministers from about 200 countries is attending the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, said the Darwin Initiative would rise to £7m (approx RM 49m) a year in 2005.