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.
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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
Somaly Chan, Cambodia
Alice Hicuburundi, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
L-R: Adem Bilgin and Mustafa Uzun, Turkey
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.