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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 Wednesday, 14 March 2001

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 two working groups. Working Group I (WG-I) on invasive alien species (IAS) discussed: eradication; mitigation of effects; and the Guiding Principles (GPs). Working Group II (WG-II) discussed: biodiversity and climate change, including cooperation with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and migratory species and cooperation with the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Both Working Groups formed contact groups, which met in evening sessions, to address the GPs and climate change.

Above photo: (L-R) Raed Banihani (Jordan) chairs WG II with the assistance of David Copper (CBD) 

WORKING GROUP I:  Invasive Alien Species


Michael Clout (New Zealand)
reported on an International Conference on Eradication of IAS and a lunchtime session on island States.


and COTE D'IVOIRE stressed responsibility for damage and restoration costs.


Sean Murphy, CAB International,
presented elements for control programs and recommendations on access to information, partnership building, and development of toolkits and strategies.

 Real Audio to follow


Guy Preston (South Africa) presented c
ase studies on eradication and mitigation efforts.

Real Audio to follow


supported by many, expressed disappoint­ment with the lack of urgency regarding climate change, particularly on coral bleaching, calling for immediate actions.

underscored the need for a global scientific analysis of climate change impacts on different components of biodiversity.



GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL (Left) said that the carbon logic of climate change does not recognize biodiversity components 

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH (Right), stated that tree plantations are not adequate to mitigate climate change impacts.


In the afternoon, WG-II heard a presentation by Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht, Executive Secretary of CMS, on linkages between the CBD and CMS. In response to ques­tions, he indicated that a memorandum of understanding can be used to protect certain species and that the CMS, together with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, affords protection of fish species, including sea turtles.


Luncheon presentation on GEF Capacity Development Initiative:

John Hough (UNDP) mentioned that the
"first step in any capacity development initiative must be locally driven, participatory, capacity self assessments".

Real Audio to follow

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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