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6th Meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the 
Convention on Biodiversity(CBD)

Montreal, Canada 12-16 March 2001


Previous days' multimedia coverage of  SBSSTA-6 
(photos and RealAudio)


Highlights from Monday, 12 March 2001

Opening Plenary:

Delegates to the sixth meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in Plenary to hear opening statements and address organizational matters. Keynote presentations were delivered addressing linkages between biodiversity and climate change, and invasive alien species. Delegates also discussed progress reports on ad hoc technical expert groups, assessment processes, marine and coastal biodiversity and biodiversity of inland water ecosystems.

Above photo: The dias during the opening plenary of SBSTTA-6. (L-R)  Paul Chabeda (UNEP), Hamdallah Zedan (CBD Executive Secretary),
Cristián Samper  (SBSTTA-6 Chair), Jo Mulongoy (SBSTTA Secretary)

Chair Cristián Samper (Colombia) opened the meeting and called for a moment of silence in memory of Ebbe Neilson (Australia). Chair Samper then welcomed participants, thanked the Secretariat and the government of Canada for hosting the meeting, and noted changes in the modus operandi of SBSTTA to streamline the agenda.

Left photo: Chair  Cristian Samper (Colombia) in consultation with Jo Mulongoy (CBD).



Paul Chabeda, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer, highlighted the work of UNEP's Division of Environmental Conventions in identifying areas of synergy among multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), contributing to the work programmes of these agreements and strengthening sub-regional and regional cooperation.

 Listen to the Paul Chabeda's opening statement in RealAudio.

Left photo: Paul Chabeda (UNEP), delivering a message on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer.

Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary (Left), outlined recent developments on: invasive alien species; coral reefs; agricultural biodiversity; the GTI; the Clearing-house Mechanism; the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation; and the revision of the Global Biodi­versity Outlook. On the ad hoc technical expert groups, he noted progress in groups on forest and marine and coastal protected areas, and delays in groups on mariculture and dry and sub-humid lands due to lack of funding.

Opening statement of Hamdallah Zedan in RealAudio

Keynote Presentations:


Robert Watson (Left), Chair of the IPCC, discussed an IPCC summary report of key climate and biodiversity interactions (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/6/11) and presented scientific data relevant to climate change. He highlighted: inter-linkages among food production and global environmental issues; synergies between environmental science and policy; and underlying causes of climate change, including population increase, inefficient resource use, inappropriate technologies and lack of economic incentives.

Listen to the presentation of Robert Watson on the impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity.

A.H. Zakri delivered a statement concerning the current status of the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment (MA).


Harold Mooney, Stanford University (USA) (Left)
, noted that society depends on the movement of biological material, and highlighted the need to concentrate on those invasives that threaten ecosystems, habitats and species.

Listen to Harold Mooney's plenary presentation on Invasive Alien Species

Jeff Waage,
Chair of the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) (Right), said GISP is coordinated by the Scientific Committee on Prob­lems of the Environment in collaboration with IUCN and CAB Inter­national. It focuses on assembling and disseminating best management practices and stimulating new tools' development in science, information management, education and policy.

Listen to Jeff Waage's presentation on the Global Invasive Species Programme

Signing of the Entente with the Quebec Government:

Hamdallah Zedan (CBD Executive Secretary) and Hon. Minister for International Relations Louise Beaudoin (Quebec)
signing the Entente for the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Photos from the Reception hosted by the Government of Canada:

Hamdallah Zedan (CBD Executive Secretary) with reception host David Brackett (Canada)

After a full day at the plenary, delegates mingle
 at the reception. 

The Chairmen of the Board: (L-R) Jameson Seyani (SBSTTA-1 Chair), Peter Johann Schei (SBSTTA-2 Chair), A.H. Zakri (SBSTTA 3-4 Chair), Cristián Samper (SBSTTA 5-6 Chair), and Jan Plesnik (incoming Chair)

Canada provided winter parkas for SBSTTA-6 delegates and now they are all set for Montreal winterrrrrrrrr......

ENB Coverage of SBSTTA-5
CBD Secretariat web site with official documents and information for participants
SBSTTA Issues on: Invasive Alien Species | Climate Change and Biodiversity | GTI
SBSTTA-5 Recommendations
ENB's Introduction to CBD
German CHM COP Decisions Database

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