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7th Meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the  Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)


Highlights for Monday, 12 November  2001

Delegates to the seventh 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, address organizational matters and discuss progress reports on: ad hoc technical expert groups; assessment processes; biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands; and sustainable use. Dele­gates also heard keynote addresses on biodiversity and human health and on targets in CBD implementation.
Above photo: Delegates during opening plenary


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SBSTTA Chair Jan Plesnik (Czech Republic) (left) opened the meeting. He outlined the main theme of forest biodiversity, commending the work of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group and stressed the need for practical action.

Paul Chabeda (right) on behalf of Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of UNEP, expressed concern over a looming extinction crisis and the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and called for development of effective and implementable incentives measures.

Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary (right), outlined recent developments including: development of the draft Bonn Guidelines on access and benefit sharing; adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; and completion of guidelines for sustainable tourism in vulnerable areas.

Delegates then adopted the proposed organization of work using two working groups and elected Grace Thitai (Kenya) (left) as rapporteur of the meeting and Paula Warren (New Zealand) and Lily Rodriguez (Peru) as chairs of Working Groups I and II, respectively.

Eric Chivian, (right) Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, said that the linkages between biodiversity and human health have so far been largely ignored in the CBD's work. He stressed that human life and health depend on biodiversity and that destruction of species will damage human health.

Peter Wyse Jackson (left), Director of the Botanical Gardens Conserva­tion International, reviewed the need for targets in the CBD's implementation. He said targets should be specific, measurable, agreed, realistic and time-bound.

NEW ZEALAND reviewed the work of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Marine and Coastal Protected Areas. She noted the group's first meeting held from 22-26 October 2001, in Leigh, New Zealand. She outlined the key issues addressed in the meeting and topics for inter-sessional work.

HAITI proposed that the expert group on marine and coastal protected areas address linkages with watershed management.

Robert Watson (right), chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), reviewed a technical paper on climate change and biodiversity requested by CBD COP-5, which addresses, inter alia: observed and projected changes in climate and terrestrial and marine ecosystems; mitigation and adaptation options; and information and assessment gaps.

Watson, as co-chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), underscored the MA's focus on ecosystem goods and services, their intrinsic value, and consequences for human well-being.

BRAZIL (right) stressed that SBSTTA should play a proactive role in promoting assessments to reduce uncertainties and called for mecha­nisms to involve the scientific community.

NORWAY stressed the importance of assessments' credibility and acceptance.

The CCD Secretariat (right) highlighted a recommendation of the liaison group meeting that called for projects on country and local levels to investi­gate the value of drylands. 

The UNFCCC Secretariat stressed the value of information sharing among the UNFCCC, the CCD and the CBD.

UGANDA (left) suggested prioritizing case-studies on the valuation of dryland biodiversity and noted the need to enhance capacity building for developing project proposals for GEF funding.

BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL said national processes are insufficiently linked and called for integration of national biodiversity strategies and action programmes with CCD activities.

COLOMBIA (left), with CUBA and MEXICO, noted the need to continue work on sustainable use in greater depth, and to refine and expand guidelines on tourism for application to all ecosystems.

International Support Center for Sustainable Tourism stated that eco-tourism poses a danger to indigenous peoples and their homelands and expressed concerns that there was no meaningful involvement of indigenous peoples in the process of developing the guidelines.
JAMAICA noted that, as a management tool, it was difficult to limit review to scientific or technical issues.

CANADA stressed the importance of infor­mation exchange, including access and benefit sharing and with NORWAY stated that SBSTTA could make significant contributions in the area of scientifically appropriate targets.

Wake up call:

Delegates were greeted by the Greenpeace "wake up call" to help save and protect the ancient forests.


ENB Summary of  CBD SBSTTA-6 ( HTML or PDF )
CBD Secretariat web site with official documents and Information for participants (doc and pdf)
SBSTTA issues on: Forest Biological Diversity
Preparation of the Strategic Plan for the Convention
The second national reports
ENB's Introduction to CBD
German CHM COP Decisions Database
Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

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