Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI 2)

9-13 July 2007 | Paris, France

 Earth Negotiations Bulletin - ENB

Highlights for Tuesday, 10 July 2007

On Tuesday, participants to the second meeting of the Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI 2) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in plenary to address: options and a draft strategy for resource mobilization; mechanisms for implementation of the Convention; inputs to the process of revising the Strategic Plan beyond 2010; and proposals for the scope and format of the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 3).

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Options and Draft Strategy for Resource Mobilization

         
     
  Djamel Echirk, Algeria, recommended the use of other multilateral and regional funds besides the GEF.   Alberto Paniagua, Peru, drew attention to the successful experience with environment funds in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.  
             
       
  Nathalie Dault, Canada, called attention to national and subnational initiatives to mobilize financial resources.   Fernando Pérez, Chile.   Nurmayanti, Indonesia, encouraged development of incentive measures in accordance with domestic needs.  
         
     
  Joshua Bishop, IUCN, noted an IUCN-UNEP initiative exploring opportunities for international payments for ecosystem services.   Joy Hyvarinen, BirdLife International, lamented that donors often focus on short-term projects rather than long-term sustainability.  
             
           
      Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, pointed out that only US$ 1 million is available through the GEF to each eligible party over the next four years for implementing some 1,800 CBD decisions.      

Mechanisms for Implementation of the Convention

             
       
  Fernando Coimbra, Brazil, proposed recommendations to support the implementation of NBSAPs and the 2010 targets.   Gert Willemse, South Africa, emphasized the need for human and technological resources besides additional financial resources.   Annemarie Watt, Australia, underscored the need to make the most of existing meetings rather than adding new workshops.  
         
     
  Ambassador Donald Cooper, Bahamas.   Ugen Tenzin, Bhutan.  
             
       
  Robert McLean, Canada, stated that the Executive Secretary can play a role in facilitating implementation.   Dayuan Xue, China, called for national implementation mechanisms to be evaluated and country experiences shared.   Pedro Ivo Arriegas, Portugal, on behalf of the EU, noted that the CBD Secretariat should not become an implementation body.  
         
     
  From left to right, Ahmed Saleem, Maldives, and James Seyani, Malawi.   From left to right, Rawson Piniel Yonazi, Tanzania, and Francis Ogwal, Uganda.  

Inputs to the Process of Revising the Strategic Plan Beyond 2010

             
       
  Patama Domrongphol, Thailand, called for the inclusion of national biodiversity-related achievements into the revised plan.   Mario Silva, Portugal, on behalf of the EU, called for GBO 3 to be ready before COP 10 so as to inform future WGRI meetings.   Jimena Nieto, Colombia, disagreed that discussions on revising the Strategic Plan beyond 2010 are premature.  

Proposals for the Scope and Format of GBO 3

             
       
  Nicola Scott, New Zealand (left) and Doug Laing, Australia (right), called for GBO 3 to be conducted with scientific rigor, rather than it solely becoming an advocacy tool.   Peter Herkenrath, UNEP-WCMC, reported on current initiatives on harmonizing national reporting processes.  
             
   
     

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