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9th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity  

10 - 14 November 2003 | Montreal, Canada

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Highlights for Monday, 10 November 2003

Delegates to the ninth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-9) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened in opening Plenary and Working Group sessions. In the morning, the Plenary heard opening statements, addressed organizational matters, and considered progress reports on: the implementation of the thematic programmes of work; cross-cutting issues; the Bureau's intersessional activities; and the meeting "2010 – The Global Biodiversity Challenge." In the afternoon, while Working Group I (WG-I) discussed the draft programme of work on mountain biodiversity, Working Group II (WG-II) considered the inter-linkages between climate change and biodiversity.

Above photo:
Chair Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (center) addressing the opening plenary of SBSTTA-9 with Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary (left) and Jo Mulongoy, CBD Secretariat (right).

Opening Plenary:

Noting that SBSTTA has to tackle an ever-expanding programme of work, with the addition of complex issues such as technology transfer and outcome-oriented targets, Chair Oteng-Yeboah (above photo: left) said SBSTTA faces the challenge to continue providing sound advice to the Conference of the Parties.   

Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary, underscores the importance of SBSTTA-9 agenda items in contributing to the effective implementation of the CBD.

Above photo: The panel of the opening plenary with Mundita Lim (the Philippines) (far right), elected as Rapporteur of SBSTTA-9.


Nehemiah Rotich on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer, stresses the role of the CBD in achieving the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) target to significantly reduce biodiversity loss by 2010.

Regional Statements:

Boumediene Mahi (Algeria), on behalf of the AFRICAN GROUP, commended the Secretariat's work on environmental impact assessments.


Mundita Lim (the Philippines), for the ASIA PACIFIC REGION, emphasized the importance of regional meetings to prepare for COP-7.


Opening Statements:

Nadia El-Hage Scialabba, FAO, proposed the establishment of an international ecological agricultural initiative in protected areas and buffer zones.

Rocio Lichte, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, presented the report on Inter-linkages of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change.


Sam Johnston, UN University (UNU), outlines the work of the UNU on protected areas and technology transfer.

Susan Braatz, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) welcomed CBD's involvement in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests as a focal point for traditional knowledge and forest biodiversity.

Nick Davidson
, Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, describes the collaboration between Ramsar and the CBD.


Joji Cariño, Tebtebba Foundation, on behalf of indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations, suggested that the programme of work on protected areas include include items on benefit sharing, equity and participation to improve the effectiveness of PAs.

Working Group I:

Above photo: Robert Andren (Sweden), elected Chair of Working Group I

Raed Bani Hani (Jordan), called for increased cooperation on mountain biodiversity conservation through the Clearing-house mechanism.

Antonietta Gutiérrez-Rosati (Peru), proposing to include cultural diversity into approach for mountain biodiversity.

Gabriele Obermayr
Austria), calling for a flexible programme of work allowing for national priority setting.

Working Group II:

Above photo: Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, (Iran) elected Chair of Working Group II

Mario Ramos, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) said the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change will be incorporated into its focal area on sustainable land use.

Zulkifli Bin Idris
(Malaysia), called on Parties to focus on synergies between adaptation to climate change and biodiversity conservation.

Jorge Soberón (Mexico), noted that impacts of climate change on biodiversity include species' migration towards the poles and higher altitudes.


ENB archives of CBD meetings.
CBD web site
SD summary and coverage of the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress.
SD summary of the Norway/UN Conference on Technology Transfer and Capacity Building.