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Eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD ABS 8)

9-15 November 2009 | Montréal, Canada
 

CBD

Highlights for Thursday, 12 November 2009

The Working Group met in a morning plenary to hear progress reports from the contact groups on traditional knowledge, capacity building and compliance, and to address procedural issues. Contact groups on benefit-sharing and access, and on capacity building met throughout the day. An afternoon plenary reviewed progress. Contact groups on traditional knowledge and on compliance met in the evening.

Delegates from Africa consulting during the morning plenary.
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L-R: ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Tim Hodges (Canada) and Fernando Casas (Colombia) seeking advice from Olivier Jalbert and Valerie Normand, CBD Secretariat.
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Contact group on traditional knowledge Co-Chair Damaso Luna (Mexico)
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Contact group on capacity building Co-Chair Andreas Drews (Germany)

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Contact group on compliance Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands)
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Contact group on ABS Co-Chair Cosima Hufler (Austria)
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View of the plenary in session.

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Emmanuel Bayani Ngoyi, Gabon
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L-R: Diane Klaimi and Kamar Yousuf, UNEP
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Masayoshi Mizuno, Japan
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Delegates from the Republic of Korea conferring.
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Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu, Cameroon, speaking on behalf of Africa, during the contact group on capacity building.
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Contact group on capacity building editing text.
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L-R: Contact group on capacity building Co-Chairs Andreas Drews (Germany) and José Luis Sutera (Argentina).
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L-R: Sem Shikongo, Namibia consulting with IIFB's James Lamouche and Jennifer Corpuz during the contact group session on compliance.
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L-R: Contact group on compliance Co-Chairs René Lefeber (the Netherlands) and Ricardo Torres (Colombia).
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Due to technical difficulties in the contact group on compliance's evening session, Kaspar Sollberger, Switzerland made his intervention at the Co-Chairs' podium.
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David Hafashimana, Uganda consulting with James Seyani, Malawi.
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L-R: Contact group on ABS Co-Chairs Cosima Hufler (Austria) and Pierre du Plessis (Namibia).
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Artwork entitled "Flights of Freedom and Peace" by Choo Keng Kwang, Singapore.
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Sign up for ENB
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Climate-L.org
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Related Links

CBD resources
Meeting webpage
Official documents
Provisional annotated agenda
Side Events
Global Biodiversity Outlook


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