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Highlights for Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Participants to the eleventh meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-11) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in the working groups (WGs) throughout the day. WG-I considered the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), incentive measures and invasive alien species (IAS). WG-II addressed the review of the implementation of, and integration of outcome oriented targets in the work programmes on dry and semi-humid lands, forests and mountain biodiversity.

Above photos: Fernando Casas (Colombia) in consultation with Alfred Oteng Yeboah (Ghana)

Working Group I:

Above photos L-R: The dais during the morning session of Working Group I with David Cooper (CBD),  Working Group I Chair Annemarie Watt (Australia) and Ryan Hill (CBD); Chair Annemarie Watt (Australia)

CANADA noted that sustainable consumption issues are better dealt with by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

Above photo: Ole Hendrickson (Canada)

SLOVENIA called for an international effort to bridge the gaps identified in the MA.

Above photo: Gordana Beltram (Slovenia)

The Tebtebba Foundation, on behalf of the INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FORUM ON BIODIVERSITY, suggested strengthening support for the sustainable customary use of biodiversity by indigenous communities. 

Above photo: Joji Cariño (
Tebtebba Foundation)

HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL stressed the need for the CBD to address unsustainable consumption patterns. 

Above photo: Ronald Orenstein (Humane Society International)
ROMANIA stressed the need to review and update targets as part of the process of revising the Strategic Plan. 

Above photo: Angheluta Vadineanu (Romania)
Peru, on behalf of LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, opposed a reference to the consultation process established by the January 2005 Paris Biodiversity Conference.

Above photo: Roxana Solis Ortiz (Peru)


ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA noted difficulties in applying incentives in developing countries and, calling for further research, suggested deleting recommendations encouraging their application. 

Above photo: Diann Black-Layne (Antigua and Barbuda)
CAMEROON drew attention to local community involvement in protected area management.

Above photo: Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu (Cameroon)
TURKEY suggested sharing experience through the Clearing House Mechanism.

Above photo: Ayhan Toprak (Turkey)


ARGENTINA stressed the importance of homogenizing IAS terminology. 

Above photo: Victoria Lichtschein (Argentina)
PALAU highlighted small island countries’ vulnerability to IAS.

Above photo: Joel Miles (Palau)
The EUROPEAN COMMUNITY supported retaining and refining, rather than deleting, a recommendation on incentive schemes.

Above photo: Stefan Leiner (European Community) 
HAITI stressed the need for national-level capacity building.

Above photo: Joseph Ronald  Toussaint (Haiti)

Working Group II:

Above photo L-R: Working Group II Chair Claudine Ramiarison (Madagascar) and Robert Hoft (CBD); Chair Ramiarison (Madagascar)


On the draft outcome-oriented targets for the work programme on dry and sub-humid lands, forests, and mountain biodiversity, BRAZIL proposed references to poverty alleviation

Above photo: Bráulio Ferreira de Souza Dias (Brazil)

COLOMBIA proposed amended text, stating that the fair and equitable benefit-sharing arising out of the use of genetic resources is in line with the relevant CBD provisions.

Above photo: Fernando Casas (Colombia)

On Goal 3 (conservation of genetic diversity), NEPAL proposed adding a reference to non-timber forest products.

Above photo: Krishna Chandra Paudel (Nepal)

GREENPEACE asked that unsustainable consumption of forest resources and its impact on forest biodiversity be considered under target 4.2 for forest biodiversity.

Above photo: Martin Kaiser (Greenpeace)


JORDAN supported Canada's proposal to establish a small expert group to review indicators.

Above photo: Raed Bani Hani (Jordan)

GERMANY highlighted the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Review of Implementation of the Forest Work Programme.  

Above photo: Horst Korn (Germany)

The INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' CAUCUS called for ensuring indigenous people's participation in the expert group. 

Above photo: Lourdes Amos (Asia Indigenous Peoples' Pact)

SIDE EVENT: An Integrated Approach to the Valuation and Sustainable Management of Agrobiodiversity 

Melinda Smale and Adam Drucker, CGIAR, reported on an initiative to undertake an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to valuing agrobiodiversity, including crop, livestock, tree and aquaculture diversity, in order to promote the management of genetic resources for sustainable use. They said the approach would involve developing methods for: identifying priority taxa; quantifying their contribution to ecosystem services; determining optimal allocations of investment funds among management and conservation activities; and assessing the significance of  interactions among agrobiodiversity components.

Above photos L-R: Melinda Smale and Adam Drucker, CGIAR with a snapshot of their presentations.

This service was prepared in cooperation with the CBD Secretariat


CBD Secretariat
SBSTTA-11 documents
Global Biodiversity Outlook 
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment  
UNFCCC Secretariat 
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