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 Tuesday 9 April 2002


Delegates met throughout the day in two Working Groups. Working Group I (WG-I) considered forest biodiversity and began discussions on invasive alien species. Working Group II (WG-II) considered access and benefit-sharing (ABS). Two contact groups were formed on forest biodiversity and ABS, which met in evenin
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Left photo: Working Group II dias on Access and Benefit-Sharing
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 WORKING GROUP I: FOREST BIODIVERSITY



Chair Peter Schei (Norway) (center) invited comments on the expanded work programme. Most delegates endorsed the work programme recommended by SBSTTA-7, while some suggested amendments.

KENYA stressed the fact that unsustainable logging may not be illegal.  





BURKINA FASO suggested using “irresponsible” instead of “illegal” logging. 



Mexico, on behalf of the GROUP OF LIKE-MINDED MEGADIVERSE COUNTRIES, supported by Brazil, on behalf of GRULAC, and others, called for measures to ensure financing, technology transfer and capacity building. 





UGANDA  (left) and the CONFERENCE ON PROTECTION OF FORESTS IN EUROPE highlighted conservation of forests outside protected areas.
INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES:




On mitigation of impacts, the PHILIPPINES preferred text establishing responsibility for costs of control and restoration.



SBSTTA-6 Chair Cristián Samper stressed SBSTTA’s emphasis on the principles of cooperation, information exchange and capacity building.

WORKING GROUP II: ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING

DRAFT BONN GUIDELINES:


GERMANY supported their immediate application, noting that they include a review mechanism.  




CANADA (left) and GRULAC supported considering approaches other than guidelines, with POLAND proposing work on indicators, stakeholder regimes and technical cooperation.

IPR:





JAMAICA stressed mandatory disclosure of the country of origin in patent applications.





COLOMBIA (left) and TOGO suggested that the CBD take a lead role on ABS and traditional knowledge with support provided by WIPO.
CAPACITY BUILDING:


The EU and NORWAY (right) supported full involvement of stakeholders, especially indigenous and local communities, in ABS arrangements. A number of developed countries noted their initiatives for building capacity in developing countries.



Upon the suggestion of WG-II Chair Elaine Fisher (Jamaica), delegates formed a contact group co-chaired by Brendan Tobin (Peru) and Alwin Kopse (Switzerland) (right photo:L-R) with a mandate to address: the guidelines, including a process to consider definitions at a later date, outstanding bracketed language, the balance between user and provider responsibilities, incentives and the appendices; and IPR issues relating to the disclosure of genetic resources’ origin and certificates of origin.

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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