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Summary




Ninth Meeting of the Conference 
of the Parties 

19-30 May 2008| Bonn, Germany


Highlights for Tuesday, 27 May 2008


Delegates met in two working groups throughout the day. Working Group I (WG I) addressed conference room papers (CRPs) on the ecosystem approach, dry and sub-humid lands, incentive measures, and marine and coastal biodiversity. WG II considered CRPs on communication, education and public awareness (CEPA), cooperation with other conventions and engagement of stakeholders, and monitoring, assessment and indicators. Contact and informal groups on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), Article 8(j), financial resources and mechanism, forest biodiversity, and the budget also met.


Above photo: Delegates from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, The EU, Kenya and Qatar in a huddle to agree text on drylands. 

 

 




WORKING GROUP I

DRYLANDS:

View of the morning session of WG I.


WG I Chair Maria Mbengashe (South Africa) 
CANADA proposed language encouraging parties to enhance wildlife management through improved land use so as to achieve sustainable consumption of wildlife, maximize community benefits, and minimize human-wildlife conflicts.

Above photo: Ole Hendrickson (Canada)

NEW ZEALAND proposed substituting reference to climate change ôadaptation" with reference to "responses." 

Above photo: Janet Lowe (New Zealand)
On requesting the Executive Secretary to explore the impacts of expanding biofuel production, the EU called for taking into account outcomes of discussions on agricultural biodiversity and biofuels, and for deleting reference to agricultural trade. 

Above photo: Mario Silva (Portugal)

WORKING GROUP II

COOPERATION:

AUSTRALIA proposed to delete reference to enhanced cooperation with regard to biodiversity and climate change.

Above photo: William Gordge (Australia)
WG II Chair Chaweewan Hutacharern (Thailand)

MONITORING, ASSESSMENT AND INDICATORS:

Following proposed changes by BRAZIL, delegates agreed to: refer to degradation of ecosystems and ecosystem services; emphasize the importance of promoting the application of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA); and take into account the conceptual framework and results of the MA.

Above photo: Adriana Tescari (Brazil)
The EU proposed and delegates agreed to make a general reference to SBSTTA Recommendation XII/3 (implications of the findings of the MA) as necessary and delete the sub-paragraphs referencing specifics of that recommendation.

Above photo L-R: Peter Skoberne (Slovenia) and Anne Teller (European Community)

Informal Consultative Group on ABS:

Delegates considered a draft decision on the process for negotiating the international ABS regime, containing two annexes on its main components and terms of reference for intersessional expert groups.

Above photo L-R: Dais during the morning session of the Informal Consultative Group on ABS with Valerie Normand (CBD) and Co-Chairs Tim Hodges (Canada) and Fernando Casas (Colombia)

 Desmond Mahon  (Canada)
Gurdial Singh (Malaysia)

Informal Consultative Group on Article 8(j)

Delegates discussed a non-paper including parts of a draft decision, and removed brackets around references to prior informed consent, by agreeing to a preambular paragraph noting that the decision should be interpreted in accordance with the Convention and in particular Article 8(j).

Above photo: Consultative Group on Article 8(j) dais Co-Chaired by Tone Solhaug (Norway) and Alfred Oteng Yeboah (Ghana) with support from John Scott and Sofia Gutierrez (CBD)


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