Fourth Meeting of the Subsidiary
Body for Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-4)
Photos and RealAudio for 22 June
|Working Group I|
|Harold Mooney, on behalf
of the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), opened the discussion
with a presentation on the GISP's activities. He discussed the situation
in the Galapagos Islands to illustrate ecological problems and control
costs of invasive species and stressed the importance of capacity-building.
Delegates then considered the Executive Secretary's paper on developing
principles for the prevention of impacts of alien species and further
development of the GISP (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/4/8).
RealAudio excerpts from Dr. Mooney's presentation
|FRANCE supported using the precautionary principle on the issue of transboundary control.|
|NEW ZEALAND recommended asking the GISP to develop principles for COP-5's consideration.|
|Christian Samper, Chair-elect of SBSTTA-5, on behalf of Colombia, spoke on the development of a database on alien species control and prevention startegies and its inclusion in the CBD's Clearing House Mechanism.|
|IUCN drew attention to its guidelines for reducing biological loss due to the invasion of alien species, which will be finalized next year.|
|Working Group II|
Dr. Richard Jefferson, Chair of the Center for the Application of Molecular Biology to International Agriculture (CAMBIA), gave a presentation on the genetic use of restriction technologies (GURTs), including both variety-level V-GURTs and trait-specific T-GURTs. He suggested that commercially viable V-GURTs could have some merit in decreasing the frequency of transgene spreading, but outstanding issues remain, such as: toxicity of inducing compounds and cellular toxins; environmental spreading of V-GURT traits; and patents as a means of control of V-GURTs. He noted that GURT technology will not be commercially available for 5 years.
Complete RealAudio of Dr. Jefferson's presentation:
|Acting Executive Secretary's Reception|
|Hamdallah Zedan, Acting Executive Secretary of CBD, hosted a cocktail reception for SBSTTA participants.|
|Zedan is pictured here with John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda, left) and Philemon Yang (Cameroon, right)|