Highlights and images of main proceedings for 26 August 2021

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Photo courtesy of Natalia Mroz

Delegates resumed negotiations at the third meeting of the Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) in two contact group meetings: on reducing threats for biodiversity; and on digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources.

The contact group on reducing threats for biodiversity, co-led by Teona Karchava (Georgia) and Alfred Oteng Yeboah (Ghana), convened to deliberate and provide textual suggestions on targets on this topic. The group discussions focused on the first two targets: on integrating spatial planning; and restoring degraded ecosystems.

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Teona Karchava (Georgia), Co-Lead of the contact group on reducing threats for biodiversity

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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana), Co-Lead of the contact group on reducing threats for biodiversity

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Neil Pratt, CBD Secretariat

The contact group on DSI reconvened under the guidance of Co-Lead Gaute Voigt-Hanssen (Norway). Deliberations continued based on a second version on the Co-Lead’s paper on elements of a draft recommendation on DSI in the context of the GBF. Co-Lead Voigt-Hanssen explained that the new version compiles text amendments received during the first meeting of the group. He further clarified that the text would not be negotiated at the current meeting of the Working Group, but will form guidance for the report of the contact group to plenary and for text that will form the basis for negotiations on DSI at the in-person meeting of the Working Group scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, in January 2022. Delegates continued to discuss elements of possible convergence with a view of resolving divergent views on benefit-sharing from the use of DSI.

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Gaute Voigt-Hanssen (Norway), Co-Lead of the contact group on DSI

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Taukandjo Shikongo, CBD Secretariat

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