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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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The ninth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-9) will convene from 10-14 November 2003 at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada.

According to Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, SBSTTA provides advice to the Conference of the Parties and other subsidiary bodies regarding the implementation of the Convention.   

The seventh Conference of the Parties (COP-7), to be held from 9-20 February 2004, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will focus on three main themes: mountain biodiversity, protected areas, and technology transfer and cooperation. With COP-7 in view, SBSTTA-8 (March 2003, Montreal, Canada) began discussions on a programme of work for mountain biodiversity. Under the Chairmanship of Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana), SBSTTA-9 will consider draft programmes of work on protected areas and technology transfer and cooperation, and is expected to further elaborate the draft programme of work for mountain ecosystems.

SBSTTA-9 will also consider a report on the inter-linkages between biodiversity and climate change, develop principles and guidelines for implementing the ecosystem approach, consider principles, guidelines and associated instruments for sustainable use, including measures to remove or mitigate perverse incentives, and address the design of national-level monitoring programmes and indicators. Other topics for discussion include the integration of outcome-oriented targets into the various programmes of work of the Convention, and gaps and inconsistencies in the international regulatory framework regarding invasive alien species.


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.