11th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity  

28 November - 2 December 2005, Montreal, Canada

 


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Highlights for Friday, 2 December 2005

Participants to the eleventh meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-11) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in the working groups in the morning and the closing plenary in the afternoon. The working groups considered and approved draft recommendations on issues including: invasive alien species; on incentive measures; marine and coastal biodiversity; and refinement of goals and targets. At the closing plenary, delegates: elected new bureau members; considered preparation for the 12th and 13th meeting of SBSTTA; and adopted draft recommendations, and the meeting’s reports as well as the working groups’ reports. Delegates also heard closing remarks at the closing plenary. 

Above photos L-R: Esther Mwangi (UNEP); CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan and SBSTTA-11 Chair Christian Prip (Denmark)




Working Group I:

INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES:

On Friday morning, WG-I addressed the remaining unresolved issues, including: additional funding for capacity building; cooperation with the UNFCCC; and a proposal by Australia to note the outstanding procedural and substantive issues related to Decision VI/23 (IAS).

On funding, based on a compromise proposal presented by JAPAN and CAMEROON, delegates agreed to recommend that COP consider the need for the provision of additional funding by the financial mechanism for developing countries to prevent or minimize the risk of IAS.




Above photo: Wataru Suzuki (Japan)

The UK presented compromise text on the UNFCCC, and delegates agreed to request the Executive Secretary to communicate the recommendations on IAS to the UNFCCC Secretariat, to facilitate their being taken into account, as appropriate, by UNFCCC Parties in framing and implementing the UNFCCC decisions.



Above photo: Roy Hathaway (UK)


Working Group II:


REFINEMENT OF THE FRAMEWORK OF THE GOALS AND TARGETS: 


Contact Group Chair Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (Iran) reported on the outcomes of the discussions and submitted the draft recommendation for adoption. The revised draft recommendation was approved without amendment.
VISION, MISSION AND GOALS FOR THE WORK PROGRAMMES ON DRY AND SUB-HUMID LANDS, MOUNTAIN AND FOREST BIODIVERSITY: 

Contact Group Chair Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana) presented the revised draft recommendation, noting that a narrow compromise had been reached in the contact group and urging delegates not to reopen the document.

MARINE AND COASTAL BIODIVERSITY:




MEXICO reported on the outcome of the drafting group and presented group’s compromise text, in which the SBSTTA recommends that COP: be aware of a preliminary range of options that may be utilized for the protection of deep seabed genetic resources beyond national jurisdiction, inter alia, the establishment of marine protected areas, and prohibition of detrimental and destructive practices in vulnerable areas; emphasizes the need for further work in developing these and other options, in particular within the UN framework; and recognizes that the UNCLOS regulates activities in the marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Left photo L-R: Hesiquio Benitez-Diaz and Mariana Bellot Rojas (Mexico)


CLOSING PLENARY : 


Working Group I Chair Annemarie Watt (Australia) presented the draft report of the Working Group I to plenary.  Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana) (center), on behalf of WG-II Chair Ramiarison (right), presented the draft report of the WG-II (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/L.1/Add.2). The plenary adopted the report without amendments. 

STATEMENTS: 

In his closing remarks, Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Executive Secretary, highlighted intersessional preparatory activities for COP-8. He said the informal joint meeting between SBSTTA and its UNFCCC counterpart has enhanced the understanding of environmental problems facing the world today. He thanked host governments for the forthcoming CBD meetings.

TANZANIA, on behalf of the African Group, paid tribute to Zedan for his dedication to CBD. He said that Africa welcomed the new CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf and pledged the region’s full support to his work. He called for funding for the second PA working group meeting to be convened before COP-8 and global solidarity on actions to achieve the 2010 target. 

Above photo: Rawson Piniel Yonazi (Tanzania)

IRAN, on behalf of the Asia and the Pacific region, stressed the need for cooperation between developed and developing countries.







 

Above photo: Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (Iran)

ST. LUCIA, on behalf of GRULAC, also thanked Zedan for his contribution to the Convention and also welcomed the incoming Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf





 

Above photo: Michael Andrew (St. Lucia)

CANADA presented a token of appreciation to Zedan, thanking his leadership in advancing the CBD. 










Above photo: Robert McLean (Canada)



GREENPEACE, on behalf of the NGOs, called for more actions at international and national level to reduce biodiversity loss.

Above photo: Martin Kaiser (Greenpeace)

Above photo: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, will assume the Office of the CBD Executive Secretary  beginning January 2006. 

Chair Prip declared the meeting closed at 8:32 pm.

 




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