Highlights from Wednesday, 14 March 2001
Delegates to the sixth meeting of
the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)
to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in two working groups.
Working Group I (WG-I) on invasive alien species (IAS) discussed:
eradication; mitigation of effects; and the Guiding Principles (GPs).
Working Group II (WG-II) discussed: biodiversity and climate change,
including cooperation with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC); and migratory species and cooperation with the Convention for
the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Both Working
Groups formed contact groups, which met in evening sessions, to address
the GPs and climate change.
Above photo: (L-R) Raed Banihani
(Jordan) chairs WG II with the assistance of David Copper (CBD)
|WORKING GROUP I: Invasive Alien Species
Michael Clout (New Zealand) reported on an International
Conference on Eradication of IAS and a lunchtime session on island
BURKINA FASO and COTE D’IVOIRE stressed responsibility for
damage and restoration costs.
Sean Murphy, CAB International, presented elements for control programs and
recommendations on access to information, partnership building,
and development of toolkits and strategies.
Real Audio to follow
Guy Preston (South Africa) presented case studies on eradication and
Audio to follow
The SEYCHELLES, supported by many, expressed disappointment
with the lack of urgency regarding climate change, particularly on
coral bleaching, calling for immediate actions.
COLOMBIA underscored the need for a global scientific analysis of
climate change impacts on different components of biodiversity.
GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL (Left) said that the carbon logic of climate
change does not recognize biodiversity components
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH (Right), stated that tree plantations are not
adequate to mitigate climate change impacts.
In the afternoon, WG-II heard a presentation by
Arnulf Mï¿½ller-Helmbrecht, Executive Secretary of CMS, on linkages
between the CBD and CMS. In response to quesï¿½tions, he indicated
that a memorandum of understanding can be used to protect certain
species and that the CMS, together with the UN Convention on the
Law of the Sea, affords protection of fish species, including sea
presentation on GEF Capacity Development Initiative:
John Hough (UNDP) mentioned that the "first step in any
capacity development initiative must be locally driven,
participatory, capacity self assessments".
Real Audio to follow
ENB Coverage of SBSTTA-5
Secretariat web site with official documents and
Issues on: Invasive
Alien Species | Climate
Change and Biodiversity | GTI
ENB's Introduction to CBD
CHM COP Decisions Database