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Ninth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD ABS 9)

22-28 March 2010 | Santiago de Cali, Colombia

Highlights for Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Statue of Sebastián de Belalcázar, founder of Santiago de Cali

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CBDContact groups 1 on scope and finance, and 2 on compliance met throughout the day and in the evening. Contact group 1 focused on the draft protocol's relationship with other international agreements, while contact group 2 discussed issues related to the certificate of compliance, disclosure requirements and checkpoints. A brief mid-day plenary reviewed progress and established a fifth group to review the draft COP decision prepared by the Working Group Co-Chairs, which met at lunchtime.


Contact Group 2 on Compliance-related Issues
L-R: Valérie Normand, CBD Secretariat; Worku Damena Yifru, CBD Secretariat; and Contact Group Co-Chair René Lefeber (the Netherlands)
L-R: Anne Daniel and Sophie Galarneau (Canada)
Kim Chan-woo, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea
Gurdial Singh Nijar (Malaysia)
David Hafashimana (Uganda)
Matthias Buck, European Union
Representatives of indigenous and local communities in discussions during the contact group.
L-R: Teresa Cruz (Cuba); Esther Camal, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity; Damaso Luna (Mexico); and Martha Liliana Jiménez, Comisión Nacional para la Gestión de la Biodiversidad, Costa Rica

Contact Group 1 on Issues related to Scope and Finance
Participants during contact group 1 on issues related to scope and finance.
Hugo Schally, European Union
L-R: Kate Smyth and Tiffany McDonald (Australia)

Antonio Cuesta (Mexico)

Des Mahon, Environment Canada

Sem Shikongo (Namibia)

Delegates from Mexico and Peru in consultations during the contact group.
Delegates from Colombia discussing the text.
Delegates from the Republic of Korea and Japan.
Delegates during a contact group break.

Plenary
L-R: CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf; Valérie Normand, CBD Secretariat; Timothy Hodges and Fernando Casas, Working Group Co-Chairs; and Olivier Jalbert, CBD Secretariat
Delegates during the plenary session.

Side Event on Community Protocols for ABS and the International Regime

L-R: Heraclio Herrera, Kuna Community, Fundación Dob Yala, Panama; Alejandro Argumedo, Asociación ANDES, Peru; Rodrigo de la Cruz, COICA, Ecuador; Harry Jonas, Natural Justice; and John Scott, CBD Secretariat

Jaime Delgadillo, AGRUCO-COMPAS Network for Endogenous Development, Bolivia

Harry Jonas, Natural Justice

Heraclio Herrera, Kuna Community, Fundación Dob Yala, Panama


Around the Meeting

Jiyun Kim (Republic of Korea)

Andrea Saldanha (Canada)

Masaki Ushiba (Japan)

Pierre du Plessis (Namibia) was interviewed by the media.
L-R: Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network, and Kabir Bavikatte, Natural Justice
L-R: Fumiko Yagihashi, Ministry of Agriculture, Foresty, and Fisheries, Japan; and Makoto Kawase, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan.
L-R: Johannes Gnann, ENB writer, and Ossama El-Tayeb (Egypt)

Colourful local costumes

Participants checked e-mail outside the plenary room.

Exhibition by Institución Educativa Técnica Departamenal Rural Tasajera.
Exhibition by Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia.
Police dogs have been ensuring security throughout the meeting.
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Related Links

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) resources
Meeting webpage
Provisional annotated agenda
Information Portal on the ABS negotiations
Global Biodiversity Outlook


IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 8, 9-15 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Sixth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (Article 8(j) WG 6) of the CBD, 2-6 November 2009, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the CBD, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 7, 2-8 April 2009, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters, Paris, France
IISD RS coverage of CBD ABS 6, 21-25 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of CBD Article 8(j) WG 5, 15-19 October 2007, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of CBD COP 8, 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS archive of biodiversity and wildlife meetings
Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
African Regional Coverage

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