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7th Meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the  Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)

12-16 November 2001, Montreal,Canada

 


Highlights for Tuesday, 13 November  2001


Delegates to the seventh meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in two working groups during the day. Working Group I (WG-I), on forest biodiversity, heard introductory presentations and discussed: status, trends, and threats; conservation and sustainable use; and bushmeat. Working Group II (WG-II) discussed agricultural biodiversity and the plant conservation strategy. Above photo: the dias during Working Group I chaired by Paula Warren (New Zealand)


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WORKING GROUP I
FOREST BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY:
WG-I Chair Paula Warren (New Zealand) introduced two keynote presentations. Jos Joaquin Campos (left), Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center, presented on the management of goods and services from neotropical forest biodiversity in Costa Rica. He highlighted the need for innovative financial mechanisms, so that forest owners might capture benefits of sustainable forest management.


Robert Nasi (right), Center for International Forestry Research, addressed sustainable harvest of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), stressing their importance and diversity. He noted differences in perceptions of developing and developed countries regarding the use and importance of NTFPs.


Gordon Patterson (UK) (far left) and Ian Thompson (Canada) (left), co-chairs of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Forest Biodiversity, reviewed the groups discussions, mandate, and outputs on status, trends and gaps in knowledge.
STATUS, TRENDS AND THREATS:


RUSSIAN FEDERATION noted international trade pressures on large forest stands. Delegates underscored cooperation with relevant international organizations.






GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL highlighted the dire plight of ancient forests, challenging SBSTTA-7 to set clear targets to reverse forest biodiversity loss. Right photo: Greenpeace slide presentation outside the ICAO building.

CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE:





GHANA (left) offered, and many welcomed, holding a workshop to share experiences and enable synergies and cooperation among CPF members.




The US highlighted the CBDs role as the lead international body on biodiversity and forests, noting that the UNFF is simply a facilitative and coordinating body. Left photo: The US delegatiion during a session on WG I
BUSHMEAT:




The NETHERLANDS called for differentiation of endangered species from the larger issue of unsustainable harvests.




CAMEROON (left), with SENEGAL, stressed the need for alternative sources of protein.
WORKING GROUP II:
AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY:



The FAO reviewed work regarding: soil biodiversity (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/7/ INF/11); animal genetic resources (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/7/INF/12 and 13); pollinators; genetic use restriction technologies (GURTs); and plant genetic resources. Left photo: Nadia El-Hage Scialabba of the FAO






The ORGANIZATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT reviewed its work on indicators. 




POLAND, on behalf of the FAO Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources, was followed by many in its call to support the first report on the state of the world�s animal genetic resources.



HUNGARY (left), on behalf of Central and Eastern European countries, with others, underlined capacity building and assessment of economic value of pollinators.
PLANT CONSERVATION STRATEGY:




CHINA noted impacts of industrial waste on plant conservation.
SECTORAL INTEGRATION OF BIODIVERSITY: IMPLEMENTING ARTICLE 6b
The UNDP/GEF and UNEP presented a panel discussion on "Thematic Studies on Sectoral Integration of Biodiversity." The event was moderated by David Duthie (UNEP/GEF) and John Hough (UNDP) (left). The event included panel presentations on the integration of biodiversity into various sectoral themes. Barbara Gemmill (ELCI) presented on the national agricultural sector, Brian Harvey (WORLD FISHERIES TRUST) on national fisheries, Robert Nasi (CIFOR) on national forestry, Carolina Lasen (FIELD) on harmonisation of CBD implementation with other biodiversity-related conventions and Sheldon Cohen (The Nature Conservancy) on mobilizing funding for biodiversity conservation. The draft results of these studies are available on CD-ROM to participants at SBSTTA-7 or via the internet at http://www.unep.org/bpsp/TS.html  
Photos above L-R: Robert Nasi of CIFOR, Brian Harvey of WORLD FISHERIES TRUS and Barbara Gemmill of ELCI.



ENB Summary of  CBD SBSTTA-6 ( HTML or PDF )
CBD Secretariat web site with official documents and Information for participants (doc and pdf)
SBSTTA issues on: Forest Biological Diversity
Preparation of the Strategic Plan for the Convention
Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems
The second national reports
ENB's Introduction to CBD
German CHM COP Decisions Database

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