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Ninth Meeting of the Conference 
of the Parties 

19-30 May 2008| Bonn, Germany


Highlights for Friday, 23 May 2008


Delegates met in two working groups throughout the day and reviewed progress in an evening plenary. Working Group I (WG I) considered marine and coastal biodiversity, and biodiversity and climate change. WG II addressed conference room papers (CRPs) on technology transfer and cooperation, and scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism (CHM). Contact and informal groups on financial resources and mechanism, access and benefit-sharing (ABS), agricultural biodiversity and biofuels, and the budget also convened during the day.

Above photo L-R: Consultative group on ABS Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia) in discussion with ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Fernando Casas (Colombia) and Timothy Hodges (Canada).

 

 




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WG I Chair Maria Mbengashe ( South Africa) informed delegates on CRP preparation, noting that outstanding matters relating to agricultural biodiversity, forest biodiversity, biodiversity and climate change and protected areas, are or will be addressed in contact groups.
COP 9 President Sigmar Gabriel opened the plenary and invited the respective Chairs of WG I and II to report on progress.

WG II Chair Chaweewan Hutacharern (Thailand) reported on good progress, with all the items having been reviewed.
CHINA highlighted difficulties relating to the proliferation of contact groups and urged using SBSTTA 12 and 13 recommendations rather than producing new text.

Above photo: Cheng Weixue (China)

ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Fernando Casas (Colombia) (left) and Timothy Hodges (Canada) (right) reported on progress achieved in the consultative group on ABS, noting they aim to present substantive progress by Monday.
Budget group Chair Ositadinma Anaedu (Nigeria) reported on progress made in the budget group. He asked delegates to be mindful of financial implications during their negotiations. He noted that, on the basis of the already reviewed CRPs, a three-fold increase in voluntary contributions may be required.

The WOMEN’S CAUCUS highlighted the need to resist the drive towards privatization and monopolization.

Above photo: Christiana Saiti (Women's Caucus)
Karma Nyedrup (Bhutan), Bureau member, reported on the status of the COP 9 credentials.

WORKING GROUP I

BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE:

Cape Verde, for the WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES, called for the integration of the three CBD objectives into climate change adaptation and projects for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) through a joint programme of work with the UNFCCC.

Above photo: Ivone Lopes (Cape Verde)
SWITZERLAND and others supported a very cautious approach to ocean fertilization. 

Above photo: Robert Lamb (Switzerland)

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The INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FORUM ON BIODIVERSITY and the INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES cautioned against any climate change adaptation and mitigation measures developed without the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities.

WORKING GROUP II

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:

Antigua and Barbuda, for G77/CHINA, encouraged parties to engage in South-South technology transfer and cooperation.

Above photo: Melesha Banhan (Antigua and Barbuda)
CANADA, opposed by many developing countries, requested deleting language specifying areas for GEF fast-track funding.

Above photo: Richard Laing and
Andréanne Léger (Canada)

CONSULTATIVE GROUP ON ABS:

Delegates considered a draft COP decision contained in the ABS 6 report.

Above photos L-R: View of a session of the informal consultative group on ABS; Drafting group Chair Sem Shikongo (Namibia) and Valerie Normand (CBD)

COP 9 ENB SNAPSHOTS:

Participants running on 10k Naturathon.
Indigenous delegate admiring the exhibit on indigenous and local communities on Biodiversity and Climate Change.
Captain Hook Awards presented by the Coalition Against Biopiracy.

Participants from the German International Youth Conference on Biodiversity
Participants from Global Information Facility (GBIF)
Merle Alexander (Dena Kayeh Institute)
Delegates from Argentina 

Delegates from Croatia
Maadjou Bah (Guinea)
Victor Ogbuneke  (CBD)
Chong Poon Chai  (Malaysia)

Gemedo Dalle Tussie (Ethiopia)
Caroline Valero  and Sarat Babu Gidda (CBD)
Participants from indigenous peoples and local communities
Ana María Hernández Salgar and Juanita Chavez (Colombia)

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