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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 Thursday, 15 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) met during the day and in a long night session to review recommendations on options for future work and a revision of the Guiding Principles (GPs). Working Group II (WG-II) reviewed recommendations on scientific assessments, migratory species, the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) and biodiversity and climate change.

Above photo: Hamdallah Zedan (CBD Executive Secretary) mingle with delegates during a reception hosted by the CBD Secretariat.


WORKING GROUP I:  Invasive Alien Species


Chair Anastasios Legakis (Greece) (Right)
introduced a conference room paper, incorporating delegates' previous comments on options for future work. Delegates debated whether to delete a recommendation on identifying and exploring legal gaps in the international legal framework. After informal consultations, delegates agreed that SBSTTA identify and explore such gaps in light of inter-sessional work.

Regarding the importance of IAS strategies and action plans, PORTUGAL  proposed addition of regional strategies and plans. 


Delegates based their deliberations on a Chair's revised text. Delegates agreed to rename the document "Alien Species that Threaten Ecosystems, Habitats or Species," while referring a decision on whether the points would be Guiding Principles or Guidelines to COP-6.

GP-2 Three-stage Hierarchical Approach: The GP was accepted with AUSTRALIA's proposal to remove specification of costs to be evaluated.

GP-15 Control:
Following a suggestion by the SEYCHELLES, delegates debated the necessity of detailed provisions on control measures and eventually accepted the text with minor revisions.


On reference to a technical paper on interlinkages between biodiversity and climate change to be prepared by the
IPCC, CHINA suggested that the expert group also prepare a paper. Right photo: Cai Lijie (China) making an intervention during the session on scientific assessment.


As proposed by BELGIUM, the EC, GERMANY and the CMS, reference to possible elements for the joint work programme in UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/6/12/Add.1 was included. Left photo: Jackie van Goethem (Belgium)


On public awareness and education, UNESCO emphasized its Global Initiative on Biodiversity Education. Right photo: Salvatore Arico representing UNESCO

On global and regional capacity building to support access to taxonomic information, MEXICO stressed the need for infra­structure to collate and curate the biological specimens, and generation of taxonomic information. 
Left photo: Hesiquio Benitez representing Mexico


BRAZIL proposed, and dele­gates accepted, new language recognizing reliable scientific data demonstrating that climate change is already impacting coral reefs and recommending immediate actions within the CBD and the UNFCCC to reduce and mitigate effects on coral reef biodiversity and associated socio-economic impacts. 
Left photo: Braulio Ferreira De Souza Diaz representing Brazil

, with JAPAN, noted that although many have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, it would be difficult to analyze "any" measures under it before it comes into force. Left photo: John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) making an intervention during the session on Climate Change and Biodiversity.

Photos from the Reception hosted by the CBD Secretariat:

After a full day of work, delegates are treated to a reception by the Secretariat.

Delegates from the Asia are enjoying the time away from the plenary (L-R) Rose Kambou (Papua New Guinea), Mundita Lim (Philippines) and Ann Kitalong (Palau)


Presentation on Prevention, Capacity Building and Accountability --- Strategies for the International Aspects of IAS

More text 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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