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Fourth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-4)
21-25 June 1999
Intersessional Meeting on the Operations of the Convention
28-30 June 1999 - Montréal, Canada

SBSTTA-4 delegates met in two Working Groups. WGI completed work on alien species, drylands and the Global Taxonomy Initiative. WGII completed work on new plant technologies, tourism and environmental impact assessment.

Working Group I
A small group chaired by Linda Hedlund (Sweden) redrafted the draft text on taxonomy and presented it to WGI.
UNEP confirmed their offer to provide assitance in the development of the Global Taxonomy Initiative
Paula Warren (New Zealand) chaired a small group negotiation on the text and presented the resulting draft to an afternoon meeting of WGI.
Working Group II
On new plant technologies, The UK submitted compromise text recognizing the precautionary approach and recommending that Parties not approve commercial use of products incorporating GURT technologies until authorized scientific assessments validate their safe use.
CÔTE D'IVOIRE supported the Norwegian proposal, emphasizing the need to address GURT field-testing and food security.
RealAudio of THIRD WORLD NETWORK's intervention on GURTs, on behalf of several NGOs

In the morning, WGII continued their deliberations on Chair Zipangani Vokhiwa's (Malawi) draft recommendations on new plant technology (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/4/WG.2/CRP.1/Rev.1)

The Chair of the drafting group, Marcel Vernooij (Netherlands), introduced the draft recommendations on sustainable use, including tourism (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/4/WG.2/CRP.2).
Fred Fortier, representing the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES BIODIVERSITY NETWORK (pictured left) encouraged development of legal frameworks to ensure indigenous peoples' involvement in tourism planning. Alison Johnston, on behalf of the INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM (right) noted the absence of guidelines for meaningful consultation with indigenous and local communities.

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