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Fourteenth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

10-21 May 2010 | UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

CBD SBSTTA 14
Summary of the Meeting
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Friday, 21 May
CBD

On Friday, delegates met in an early plenary to complete discussions on a draft recommendation on ways and means to improve SBSTTA effectiveness. Working Group I also met in the morning to conclude negotiations on a draft recommendation on biofuels.

Following a brief resumption of Working Groups I and II in the afternoon, to adopt their respective reports, the final plenary convened to adopt all remaining recommendations. The meeting was gaveled to a close at 6:38 pm.

Closing Plenary
Pedro Ivo Arriegas (Portugal)
Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, CBD
Raed Bani Hani (Jordan)
Chair Thomas gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:38pm.
Thursday, 20 May
CBD

The contact group on biofuels met in the morning. Working Group II also met in the morning to complete discussions on post-2010 goals and targets.

Working Group I met throughout the day and in the evening to continue discussions on biofuels. Plenary resumed in the evening to address draft recommendations on ways and means to improve SBSTTA’s effectiveness, and new and emerging issues.

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Brad Fraleigh (Canada)
Francis Ogwal (Uganda)
David Coates (CBD)
 
Wednesday, 19 May
CBD

Plenary resumed in the morning to address ways and means to improve SBSTTA’s effectiveness, and new and emerging issues.

Working Group I met in the morning and afternoon, to discuss draft recommendations on dry and sub-humid lands, agricultural biodiversity, and invasive alien species. Working Group II met in the afternoon to discuss draft recommendations on post-2010 goals and targets and on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

The contact group on biofuels met at lunchtime and in the evening.

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Theresa Mundita Lim (Philippines)

Silvia Ribeiro (ETC Group)

Liu Guo-Zhi (China)
Ivna Vuksic (Croatia)
Ahmed Djoghlaf with SBSTTA Chair Thomas and Jo Mulongoy (CBD)
Tuesday, 18 May
CBD

On Tuesday, Working Group I concluded initial discussions on invasive alien species, and addressed a draft recommendation on agricultural biodiversity.

Working Group II concluded initial discussions on incentives, and addressed draft recommendations on GBO 3, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, incentives and post-2010 goals and targets.

A contact group met in the evening to discuss bracketed text in a draft recommendation on biofuels.

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Co-Chair Solhaug during a light moment in the morning.
Papik Genovesi (IUCN)
Jonathan Davies (Liberia)
Jean-Patrick Le Duc (France)
Michael Von Der Heyden (Belgium)
Monday, 17 May
CBD


On Monday, Working Group I started discussions on agricultural biodiversity, including biofuels, dry and sub-humid lands, and invasive alien species (IAS). Working Group II considered the messages and implications of GBO 3, outcome-oriented goals and targets for the period beyond 2010, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, and incentives.

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Mohamed El Hassan Ali (Sudan)
Bell Batta Torheim (Utviklingsfondet)
Gaspard Michel Andrew
(Saint Lucia)
Gideon Nyamasyo (Kenya)
Friday, 14 May
CBD

On Friday morning, Working Group I completed discussions on the draft recommendation on forest biodiversity, and Working Group II on protected areas.

A contact group to address outstanding issues in the draft recommendation on climate change met in the morning. In the afternoon, Working Group II completed discussions on the draft recommendation on climate change.

Plenary resumed in the evening and adopted eight recommendations.

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Marina Rosales Benites (Peru)
Els Martens (Belgium)
Nabil Hamada (Tunisia)
Co-Chair Gabriele Obermayer (Austria)
Ignatius Makumba (Zambia)

Eduard Müller (Costa Rica)

Thursday, 13 May
CBD

Working Groups I and II met throughout the day and into the night.

Working Group I discussed draft recommendations on forest and marine and coastal biodiversity, and Working Group II on climate change, sustainable use, protected areas and the Global Taxonomy Initiative.

A joint drafting group was established to consider REDD and geo-engineering as cross-cutting pending items for the draft recommendations on forest, protected areas, climate change and marine biodiversity, which met at lunchtime.

A Friends of the Co-chairs’ group discussed the proposed joint work programme between the Rio Conventions in the afternoon, and a contact group met to discuss pending issues on sustainable use at lunchtime.

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Co-Chair Benitez-Diaz led delegates through text on climate change and biodiversity.
A view of the joint drafting group.
Co-Chairs of the drafting group, L-R: Heikki Toivonen (Finland) and Maria Mbengashe (South Africa)
Wednesday, 12 May

CBD


On Wednesday, delegates to SBSTTA 14 discussed draft recommendations on inland water biodiversity, forest biodiversity and marine and coastal biodiversity in Working Group I.

Working Group II addressed a draft recommendation on biodiversity and climate change and established a contact group to address outstanding issues. The contact group met in the evening and into the night.

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Co-Chair Fazel (left) encouraged delegates to compromise on difficult sections of the text on inland waters biodiversity.

Giannina Santiago (Colombia)
Tone Solhaug (Norway)
Tuesday, 11 May

CBD


On Tuesday, delegates to SBSTTA 14 discussed forest biodiversity, including a joint work plan with the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), and a draft recommendation on mountain biodiversity in Working Group I.

Working Group II addressed the in-depth review of the implementation of the programme of work on protected areas (PAs) and the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI). 

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Canada and New Zealand in consultation in Working Group I.

Ed McIsaac (New Zealand)
Gabriele Obermayer (Austria), Co-Chair, Working Group II
Matilde Lopes (Guinea Bissau)
Monday, 10 May

CBD


Delegates to SBSTTA 14 met in plenary in the morning to hear opening remarks and a keynote presentation on the third editon of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 3), and address organizational matters.

Two Working Groups met throughout the day to start discussions on in-depth reviews of implementation of programmes of work on: mountain biodiversity, inland waters, and marine and coastal biodiversity (Working Group I); biodiversity and climate change, and Article 10 on sustainable use (Working Group II).

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Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, emphasized the importance of SBSTTA’s contribution to the new strategic plan.
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme, highlighted the need to: communicate progress achieved, frame policy options in economic terms, and enhance synergies between multilateral environmental agreements.

Amb. Spencer Linus Thomas (Grenada), Chair of CBD SBSTTA, urged delegates to set new ambitious targets and send a clear message to high-level meetings.

Olivier Biber (Switzerland)
Norma Girard (Mexico)

Ignacio Ruiz-Huerta (Spain)

Anne Larigauderie (DIVERSITAS)
James Seyani (Malawi)
Robert Lamb (Switzerland)
The ENB team at SBSTTA 14, L-R: Asheline Appleton, Tanya Rosen, Elisa Morgera, Johannes Gnann, Anne Roemer-Mahler, and Tallash Kantai.
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Related Links
CBD resources
*Meeting web site
*Provisional agenda
*Annotated agenda
*SBSTTA 14 documents
*Calendar of side events

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the CBD, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of SBSTTA 13, 11-22 February 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of SBSTTA 12 and the Second meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation, 2-13 July 2007, UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Headquarters, Paris, France
*Biodiv-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
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