Twelfth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 12)

2-6 July 2007 | Paris, France

 Earth Negotiations Bulletin - ENB

Highlights for Monday, 2 July 2007

On Monday, participants to the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in plenary to hear opening statements and address organizational matters. The Committee of the Whole then heard reports on intersessional meetings, and considered the new and emerging issue of biofuels and the review of the application of the ecosystem approach.

PLENARY

Opening Statements

             
       
  SBSTTA Chair Christian Prip, Denmark, stressed SBSTTA 12’s role in effectuating the transition from policy-setting to improved implementation of the Convention.   Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, urged delegates to prepare the scientific basis for addressing the links between biodiversity conservation and climate change.   Bakary Kante, on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, underscored the importance of mainstreaming the ecosystem approach.  
             
       
  UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura noted UNESCO’s work on biosphere reserves where the ecosystem approach is implemented on the ground.   Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Planning, France, underscored CBD’s efforts towards achieving the 2010 target.   Nicolas Hulot, President of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, expressed concern that increased biofuel production could lead to the loss of ecosystems and habitats of endangered species.  

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

New and Emerging Issues: Biofuels

         
     
  Fernando Coimbra, Brazil, outlined his country's national experience, stressing that benefits of biofuels outweigh negative impacts.   Stefan Leiner, European Community, suggested that the impacts of using biomass for energy production be considered by the next meeting of the CBD’s Article 8(j) Working Group.  
             
       
  Robert Lamb, Switzerland.   Joseph Ronald Toussaint, Haiti.   Sujata Arora, India.  
         
     
  Letchumanan Ramatha, Malaysia, suggested that SBSTTA undertake a comprehensive assessment on the full lifecycle of biofuels.   Arthur Eijs, the Netherlands, proposed exchanging experiences with biofuels through the CHM.  
         
     
  Gabriele Obermayr, Austria.   Francis Ogwal, Uganda.  
             
       
  Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition, expressed concerns with the extensive use of agrochemicals in agrofuel production.   Stas Burgiel, Global Invasive Species Programme.   Hiraina Ngatima Hona, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, on behalf of Indigenous Peoples, called for an immediate ban on agrofuel exports.  

Review of the Application of Ecosystem Approach

         
     
  William Settle, FAO Biodiversity and Ecosystem Officer, addressed elaboration and application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries, forestry and agriculture.   Hillary Masundire, University of Botswana and Chair of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, presented strategies for promoting the application of the ecosystem approach.  
         
     
  Robert Jensen, Denmark.   Lena Chan, Singapore.  
         
     
  Dawn Pierre-Nathoniel, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Saint Lucia, discussed barriers and options in the application of the ecosystem approach.   Diana Mortimer, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, presented an in-depth review of the application of the ecosystem approach.  

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