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Sixteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

30 April - 5 May 2012 | International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, Montreal, Canada
 
Highlights for Friday, 4 May 2012
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

Delegates drafting compromise text on biodiversity safeguards for REDD+.

On Friday, SBSTTA 16 delegates met in WGs throughout the day and in the evening.
WG I discussed outstanding issues on geo-engineering, collaborative work on biodiversity and agriculture, forests and biodiversity and health, biodiversity safeguards for REDD+, and also approved draft recommendations on biofuels and incentive measures. WG II continued considering revised draft recommendations on new and emerging issues and marine and coastal biodiversity. Both WGs also adopted their respective reports.

 
 
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L-R: WG I Co-Chair Ole Hendrickson, Canada, with Tim Christophersen, CBD Secretariat

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Working Group I

On geo-engineering, delegates forwarded the draft recommendation to plenary with bracketed references stating that customary international law is relevant for geo-engineering activities but would still form an incomplete basis for global regulation.

On the report on the collaborative work on biodiversity and agriculture, forests and health, delegates agreed on the draft recommendation with one bracketed paragraph noting insufficient funds for joint activities between the CBD and UNFF and inviting parties to provide funds for a staff position and activity funds through the Convention’s voluntary Trust Fund.

On biodiversity safeguards for REDD+, delegates approved the draft recommendation with bracketed text on considering the indicative list of indicators and “approving,” “taking note” or “welcoming” the advice on relevant country-specific biodiversity safeguards for REDD+.
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Anselmina Liphola, Mozambique

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Barbara DeRosa-Joynt, US

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Ignatius Makumba, Zambia

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L-R: Anne Teller and Thomas Koetz, EU

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L-R: Wilson Rojas and Angel Onofa, Ecuador

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L-R:Ignatius Makumba, Zambia; Thomas Koetz, EU; and Jesper Tranberg, Denmark

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L-R: Thiago Medeiros da Cunha Cavalcanti, Brazil, and WG II Co-Chair Larissa Maria Lima Costa, Brazil

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L-R: Annie Cung, CBD Secretariat, consulting with Jolene Cook, UK

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L-R: Joy Angelica Santos-Doctor and Nermalie Lita, the Philippines

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Kylychbek Zhundubaev, Kyrgyzstan

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Mariana Bellot Rojas, Mexico

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Christian Prip, Denmark

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WG I Co-Chair Ole Hendrickson, Canada, closing the WG I session.

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L-R: WG I Co-Chairs Maadjou Bah, Guinea, and Ole Hendrickson, Canada

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L-R: David Cooper, CBD Secretariat; WG I Co-Chair Gabrielle Obermayr, Austria, and Jihyun Lee, CBD Secretariat

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On new and emerging issues, delegates continued discussing three options: not to add any new and emerging issues to SBSTTA’s agenda; adding synthetic biology, and initiating the compilation of relevant information; and an option suggested by Mexico to initiate the compilation of relevant information on synthetic biology without adding the item to SBSTTA’s agenda. An informal group met at lunchtime and in the evening to discuss options 2 and 3 and a proposal by the Philippines on the need to refer to the precautionary principle.

On EBSAs, delegates discussed at length: whether SBSTTA would recommend that COP “endorse” the summary reports of a series of regional workshops; and procedures related to how to incorporate considerations from regions in which workshops have yet to be completed in a fair and timely manner. The document was approved with text on “endorsing” the workshops remaining in brackets. On adverse impacts of human activities, debate ensued on the nature and scope of the “role” of fisheries management bodies regarding addressing impacts on biodiversity. Delegates also amended a section on underwater noise replacing “sound” with “noise” in several instances.

Delegates also approved a draft decision on spatial planning and voluntary guidelines on the consideration of biodiversity in environmental assessments in marine areas, with remaining brackets on a reference taking note of text under voluntary guidelines reflecting concerns raised by Aaustralia, Argentina and Dominican Republic regarding areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Discussions on outstanding issues will resume on Saturday.
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Axel Benemann, Germany

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Margaret Oduk, UNEP

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Hisashi Endo, Japan

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Jan Steinbring Jensen, Denmark

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Xu Haigen, China

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L-R: Catherine Benson, ENB, with Sebastian Marino, Palau

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Takahiro Nakamura, UNEP

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Célia Le Ravallec, ACCOBAMS

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Peter Herkenrath, UNEP World Consevation Monitoring Centre

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L-R: Noriko Moriwake and Fumiko Nakao, Japan

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Alexander Shestakov, Russian Federation

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Jean-Patrick Le Duc, France

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Friends of the Chair Group on Emerging Issues
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View of the packed session of the Friends of the Chair Group on Emerging Issues.

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SBSTTA 16 Snapshots
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L-R: Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana; SBSTTA 16 Chair Senka Barudanovic; and Joyce Thomas Peters, Grenada

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L-R: Eric Hoffman, Friends of the Earth - US; Colin O'Neil, Center for Food Safety; and Ricarda Steinbrecher, Federation of German Scientists

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Participants at the WG I session posing for a candid shot.

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CBD resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting provisional and annotated agenda
*Meeting documents
*Review of documents in preparation for SBSTTA 16
*Calendar of side events

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