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 Monday 15 April 2002

Delegates met in two Working Groups and contact groups. Working Group I (WG-I) discussed: the ecosystem approach, sustainable use and incentive measures; liability and redress; and Conference Room Papers (CRPs) on dry and sub-humid lands, the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI), agricultural biodiversity and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources For Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), inland waters, and identification, monitoring, indicatorsand assessments. Working Group II (WG-II) discussed Article 8(j) and CRPs on: scientific and technical cooperation and the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM); implementation and operations of the Convention; national reports; and cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives. Contact groups on invasive alien species, forest biodiversity, access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and the strategic plan also met.

 WORKING GROUP I: ECOSYSTEM APPROACH, SUSTAINABLE USE AND INCENTIVE MEASURES
                                                                 
Sustainable Use and Tourism:





Spain, on behalf of the EU, welcomed synergies with the CSD and the World Tourism Organization.

 



ETHIOPIA, on behalf of the AFRICAN GROUP, emphasized rural tourism, a broader scope to include natural sites and elements, and public awareness and private sector involvement.



ARGENTINA, supported workshops to finalize guidelines and principles before 
COP-7.
Ecosystem Approach:





INDONESIA proposed synthesizing case studies and preparing guidelines for COP-7.





MALAWI highlighted community based-management.

Incentive Measures:





The RUSSIAN FEDERATION highlighted the importance of work on perverse incentives for economies in transition.
LIABILITY AND REDRESS:



JAPAN said it was premature to consider proposing elements on damage to biodiversity into existing liability and redress regimes, given current lack of information.
WORKING GROUP II: ARTICLE 8(j)



The INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FORUM ON BIODIVERSITY (IIFB) called for support of internationally recognized indigenous rights, including land rights, prior informed consent (PIC), effective participation and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) according to indigenous laws.


T
he PHILIPPINES supported work on approaches and methodologies to develop and maintain registries of traditional knowledge. Several delegates cautioned against developing databases without appropriate protection of traditional knowledge. Many prioritized work on sui generis systems.



Mexico, on behalf of the GROUP OF LIKE-MINDED MEGADIVERSE COUNTRIES, stated that IPR systems should consider traditional knowledge in evaluating patent applications, including determination of origin.
COOPERATION WITH OTHER CONVENTIONS, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INITIATIVES:
BIODIVERSITY VETERANS SNAPSHOTS:

SIDE EVENTS: THIRD WORLD NETWORK SEMINAR: BIODIVERSITY IN CRISIS

The Third World Network convened a seminar "Biodiversity in Crisis" on 14 April as a side event to the CBD COP6. A number of biodiversity experts, scientists, negotiators and activists presented critical issues in biodiversity such as genetic engineering, biosafety, access and benefit-sharing, forests, tourism, intellectual property rights, mining, and the use of biological weapons. The seminar gave the participants an in depth account on how the above issues are presently being tackled or ignored. For more information please visit the Third World Network website.
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Links:

The CBD home page

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety home page

ENB Coverage of COP-5 |SBSTTA-7 |WG on Article 8(j)-2|WG-ABS-1 |

COP-6 Provisional Agenda |PDF|WORD|

COP-6 Information for Participants in PDF

CBD-Handbook

IISD Introduction to the CBD Process

 

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