Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
The Hague, The Netherlands
7-19 April 2002

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Highlights for Wednesday 10 April 2002


Delegates met throughout the day in two Working Groups and contact groups. Working Group I (WG-I) resumed discussion of invasive alien species and considered thematic reports on implementation. Working Group II (WG-II) considered the strategic plan, national reports and operations of the Convention. The contact groups on forest biodiversity and access and benefit-sharing also met. Left photo: Delegates in Working Group I were asked to indicate preferences on alternative texts for specific principles on Invasive Alien Species.

 WORKING GROUP I: INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES
                                                                


On use of terms, SWITZERLAND (right) suggested identifying a mechanism to address definitions after adoption of the principles.

 



POLAND supported a global system for early warning. Many delegates underscored regional and/or international cooperation.




The FAO called for complementarity with the International Plant Protection Convention.
THEMATIC PROGRAMMES:



SRI LANKA urged financial support and capacity building for implementation, emphasizing regional cooperation.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity:



Spain, on behalf of the EU, supported integration of coral reefs as a new element in the work programme. The EU also stressed further study on coral reefs and on local communities’ coastal management.
Agricultural Biodiversity:



Acknowledging concerns over GURTs, (left) AUSTRALIA raised doubts regarding proposals for further meetings on the issue, and with the US, supported a proposal by ARGENTINA for consideration at a later date.



COLOMBIA suggested incorporating GURTs-related work within the Working Group on Article 8(j)’s mandate.




The ETC GROUP (left) urged opposition to terminator technologies.




The IIFB highlighted the role of ancestral production systems for seed conservation.

WORKING GROUP II: ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING

STRATEGIC PLAN:





Mexico, on behalf of the GROUP OF LIKE-MINDED MEGA­DIVERSE COUNTRIES (LMMC), called for emphasis on sustainable use and access and benefit-sharing.





Cameroon, on behalf of the AFRICAN GROUP advocated focus on the development of NBSAPs.
NATIONAL REPORTS:




NEW ZEALAND said that reports should support SBSTTA�s preparatory work and, stressed attention to the implementation of NBSAPs.




The IIFB supported reporting requirements on measures to protect traditional knowledge. A number of countries highlighted national reporting processes.

 

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