10th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity  

7-11 February 2005, Bangkok, Thailand


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The tenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene from 7-11 February 2005 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, under the Chairmanship of Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana). SBSTTA-10 will be held back-to-back with the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing.

 The CBD, negotiated under the auspices of the UN Environment Programme, was adopted on 22 May 1992, and entered into force on 29 December 1993. There are currently 188 Parties to the Convention, which aims to promote “the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.” 

Under Article 25 of the CBD, SBSTTA is mandated to provide advice to the Conference of the Parties (COP) and other subsidiary bodies regarding the implementation of the Convention. To date, SBSTTA has held nine meetings, each of which developed recommendations on various thematic and cross-cutting issues under the Convention, including recommendations for work programmes on: agricultural biodiversity; biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands; forest biodiversity; biodiversity of inland waters; marine and coastal biodiversity; mountain biodiversity; protected areas; and technology transfer and cooperation. Cross-cutting issues that benefited from SBSTTA consideration include invasive alien species, biodiversity and climate change, incentive measures, the ecosystem approach, plant conservation, taxonomy, indicators of the status and trends of biodiversity, and sustainable use.        

Following Decision VII/31 of the seventh COP, island biodiversity was identified as a new thematic area under the Convention and as the theme for in-depth consideration by COP-8. According to Decision VII/31, the Executive Secretary engaged in a preparatory process for SBSTTA’s work on the issue. The Island Biodiversity Electronic Forum was launched to gather information on the status and trends of, and threats to, island biodiversity and related issues. The Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Island Biodiversity, the report of which will be available at SBSTTA-10, convened from 13-17 December, in the Canary Islands, Spain. A liaison group meeting is expected to meet prior to SBSTTA-10 on 5 February, in Bangkok, to gather comments and suggestions on the proposed programme of work. On this basis, SBSTTA-10 will consider the status and trends of, and major threats to, island biodiversity and elements of a programme of work. 

 SBSTTA-10 will also review progress on the implementation of the thematic programmes of work and work on cross-cutting issues, and consider strategic issues for evaluating progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan, including the 2010 biodiversity target to significantly reduce the current rate of biodiversity loss, and contributions to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. In this regard, SBSTTA-10 will discuss the further development of goals and sub-targets to facilitate coherence among the programmes of work, as well as indicators for assessing progress towards the 2010 target.   

 Other topics for discussion at SBSTTA-10 include: ways and means to remove perverse incentives; agricultural biodiversity, including the report of the AHTEG on genetic use restriction technologies and options for a cross-cutting initiative on biodiversity for food and nutrition; the Global Taxonomy Initiative; and terms of reference for an AHTEG to develop advice on synergies between activities addressing biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, desertification, land degradation and climate change. It is also proposed that SBSTTA-10 respond to Decision VII/13 and establish an AHTEG to address gaps and inconsistencies in the international regulatory framework relating to invasive alien species.  

The recommendations adopted by SBSTTA-10 will be forwarded to COP-8, which is expected to convene in the first quarter of 2006.


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