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Ninth Meeting of the Conference 
of the Parties 

19-30 May 2008| Bonn, Germany


Highlights for Tuesday, 20 May 2008



Delegates to the ninth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 9) met in two working groups throughout the day. Working Group I (WG I) considered agricultural biodiversity and biofuels, and forest biodiversity. WG II addressed financial resources and mechanism, guidance to the financial mechanism, technology transfer and cooperation, and cooperation with other organizations and stakeholders. The budget group met, and informal and regional consultations on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) were held throughout the day.



Above photo L-R: Axel Benemann (Germany) conferring with Jana Kus Veenvliet and Gordana Beltram of Slovenia. 




WORKING GROUP I

AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY:


Liberia for the AFRICAN GROUP called for the precautionary approach to be applied to large scale production of biofuels, and for suspending introduction of new measures for biofuel consumption until policy frameworks are adopted and a risk and benefit assessment is concluded. 

Above photo: Ben Turtur Donnie (Liberia)
The REPUBLIC OF KOREA and others stressed that biofuel issues should be considered in the context of food security.

Above photo: Hae Sung Hwang (Republic of Korea)

GHANA said genetically modified (GM) biofuel crops could contaminate natural habitats.

Above photo: Alfred Oteng Yeboah (Ghana)
BRAZIL highlighted the contribution of biofuel production to sustainable development, food and energy security and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. 

Above photo: Pedro Andrade (Brazil)

The INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES called for radical agrarian reform, in consultation with local communities.

Above photo L-R: Edna Marajoara, Marcial Kuna and Thaissa Pinheiro (International Forum of Local Communities)
The CIVIL SOCIETY CAUCUS called for an immediate ban on agrofuels.

Above photo: Lucy Sharratt (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network)
GREENPEACE recommended ending any supportive measures for agrofuels until appropriate safeguards are in place

Above photo: Martin Kaiser (Greenpeace International)

FOREST BIODIVERSITY:

The PHILIPPINES reiterated the importance of applying the precautionary principle and ecosystem approach when developing biofuel programmes.

Above photo: Edgar Tomas Auxilian (The Philippines)
NORWAY highlighted emissions from deforestation, and said data should be generated to conduct risk assessments on GM trees.

Above photo: Tone Solhaug (Norway)

WORKING GROUP II

FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND MECHANISM:


GABON proposed a donors’ meeting on biodiversity funding.

Above photo: Emmanuel Bayani Ngoyi (Gabon)
The Russian Federation for CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE requested reflecting the contribution of bilateral cooperation mechanisms to resource mobilization.

Above photo: Olga Krever (Russian Federation)

The INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FORUM ON BIODIVERSITY and the GLOBAL FOREST COALITION warned against financing mechanisms such as those of the World Bank, which may violate human and indigenous rights. GREENPEACE urged parties to fulfill their financial commitments to finance a global protected areas network, halt deforestation and address the links between biodiversity and climate change. BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL on behalf of several NGOs called for redirecting perverse subsidies to create new and additional resources.

Above photo L-R: Simone Lovera (Global Forest Coalition); Stefan Krug (Greenpeace); Muhtari Aminu-Kano (BirdLife International); Esther Camac and 
Max Ooft (IIFB)

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COOPERATION:

CANADA proposed stating that the draft strategy for implementing the work programme on technology transfer is voluntary and suggested that the CBD Secretariat host the biodiversity technology initiative.

Above photo: Andréanne Léger (Canada)
The THIRD WORLD NETWORK (TWN) suggested local innovations and community endeavors as alternatives to technology transfer.

Above photo: Chee Yoke Ling (TWN)


COP 9 ENB SNAPSHOTS:

NGO participants who protested during the first day of COP 9.

CBD staff Iman Keira and Ailis Rego
Federico Cinquepalmi (Italy)
Pedro Ivo (Portugal)
Marcos Montoiro (UNCCD)

Margaret Oduk (UNEP)
Gabriele Obermayr (Austria)
Hueyun Wang-Makotoff, UN interpreter
Giannina Santiago (Colombia)

Participants from the Deccan Development Society, India with Chandrama Moligeri, Laxmi Begari and Punyamma Burdipad
David Cooper (CBD) in discussion with Marie-Annick Moreau (ENB)
Gustavo Fonseca (GEF)
Local staff manning the publications booth

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Related Links
CBD Secretariat
CBD COP 9 official website
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Web page
COP 9 Meeting Documents
Summary of major issues at COP 9
International Day for Biological Diversity
Global Biodiversity Outlook
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 
Countdown 2010 initiative 

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IISD RS coverage of the Thirteenth meeting of the SBSTTA (SBSTTA 13), 18-22 February 2008, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth meeting of the SBSTTA (SBSTTA 12), 2-6 July 2008, Paris, France
IISD RS coverage of the Second meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group on the Review and Implementation of the Convention (WGRI 2), 9-13 July 2008, Paris, France
IISD RS coverage of the Second meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA 2)
11-15 February 2008, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of the Sixth meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing (WGABS 6)
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IISD RS coverage of the Fifth meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing (WGABS 5)
8-12 October 2007, Montreal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Fifth meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article (8j) and Related Provisions of the Convention (WG8j 5), 15-19 October 2007, Montreal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP-3), 13-17 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS coverage of the COP/MOP-2, 30 May - 3 June 2005, Montr�al, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the COP/MOP-1, 23-27 February 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
IISD RS coverage of the Fifth meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 12-19 March 2008, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
IISD RS coverage of the Fourth meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 22-26 October 2007, Montr�al, Canada
IISD RS summary report of the Third meeting of the AHOE-WG of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 19-23 February 2007, Montr�al, Canada (HTML - PDF)
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