Highlights and images for 3 July 2018



The 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 22) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) continued Tuesday in Montreal. Delegates engaged in discussions on the following agenda items:

  • Updated scientific assessment of progress towards selected Aichi Biodiversity Targets and options to accelerate progress;
  • Protected areas and other measures for enhanced conservation and management (OECMs); and
  • Marine and coastal biodiversity: ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), addressing anthropogenic underwater noise and marine debris, biodiversity in cold-water areas and marine spatial planning. 

A contact group on risk assessment and risk management of living modified organisms met in the evening.

For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis from SBSTTA 22 and SBI 2.

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L-R: CBD Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper; Alexander Shestakov, CBD Secretariat; Eugenia Arguedas Montezuma (Costa Rica), SBSTTA Bureau ; Robert Höft, CBD Secretariat

SBSTTA plenary listening to presentations on IPBES assessment reports

Eugenia Arguedas Montezuma (Costa Rica), SBSTTA Bureau

Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu, Co-Chair, IPBES Regional Assessment for Asia Pacific

Nichole Barger, Coordinating Lead Author, IPBES Land Degradation Assessment

Mark Rounsevell, Co-Chair IPBES Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia

Scott Wilson, Canada

Somaly Chan, Cambodia

Xu Jing, China

Luciana Melchert, Brazil

Jeremy Woon Ren Wei, Singapore

Snežana Prokic, Serbia

Jane Smart, IUCN

Anne Larigauderie, IPBES Executive Secretary

Joji Cariño, Forest People's Programme

Astrid Hilgers, the Netherlands

Prudence Tangham Galega, Cameroon

Els Martens, Belgium

L-R: Alexander Shestakov, CBD Secretariat; Adams Toussaint (Saint Lucia), SBSTTA Bureau; and Sarat Babu Gidda, CBD Secretariat

Glenn Litsios, Switzerland

Angella Kabira, Zimbabwe

Larbi Sbaï, Morocco

Alice Hicuburundi, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

Nainy Zaw Htun, Myanmar

Denis Duclos, France

Takehiro Nakamura, UNEP

Swetha Stotrabhashyam, Global Youth Biodiversity Network

Raed Bani-Hani, Jordan

Alissa Takesy, Federated States of Micronesia

L-R: Adem Bilgin and Mustafa Uzun, Turkey

Grace Aurora Pastores, the Philippines

Moustafa Fouda, Egypt

Participants collecting biodiversity information materials

L-R: Ahmed Birouk, Morocco, and Lahcene Rekik, CBD Secretariat

L-R: Lisa Pedicelli, CBD Secretariat, and Issa Bado, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

L-R: Jeremy Woon Rei Wen, Singapore; Elpidio Peria, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity; and June Batang-ay, Tebtebba Foundation

Photos from Side Events

Side event on "The Evolution of ‘Inclusive Conservation’: From Durban and PoWPA to the Aichi Targets, GEF-7 and the post-2020 biodiversity framework” organised by the ICCA Consortium featured Indigenous peoples, local communities and grassroots organisations from nine countries sharing their perspectives on the meaning of "inclusive conservation," as well as commentators from IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, GEF-SGP, UNEP-WCMC, WWF-International and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. The side event highlighted the many diverse contributions of territories and areas conserved by Indigenous peoples and local communities (abbreviated as "ICCAs -- territories of life") to biological and cultural diversity, the need to reform "fortress conservation" and the importance of ensuring that GEF's seventh replenishment programme on inclusive conservation is defined and guided by Indigenous peoples and local communities themselves.



Better Tools and Standards: Enhancing Effectiveness and Mainstreaming of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) by FEBA, IUCN and IISD

This jointly held side event aims to address these challenges based on the diverse experiences of Friends of EbA (FEBA) members IISD and IUCN. Presentations concentrated on the biodiversity-adaptation nexus and the introduction of different tools, quality criteria, and standards to enhance the effectiveness of EbA. A specific focus was the new Adaptation, Livelihoods and Ecosystems (ALivE) Planning Tool. ALivE is a practical computer-based EbA planning tool designed to support its users in organizing and analyzing information to plan effective EbA options based on a context-specific analysis of ecosystems, livelihoods, and climate change, to assist adaptation practitioners, conservationists, and government decision-makers with the development and planning of effective EbA projects. Such tools increase the effectiveness of EbA implementation on the ground and also enhance integration of effective EbA into conservation and development approaches and policy.