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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Fourth Meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI 4) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

7-11 May 2012 | International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada
 
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WGRI 4

Friday, 11 May 2012

In the morning, delegates discussed CRP 1 on the engagement of business.  They then proceeded to adopt documents on: cooperation with other conventions; biodiversity for poverty eradication and development; the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; south-south cooperation; the message to Rio+20; and the Strategy for Resource Mobilization. A long discussion then followed on the document on engagement of business which was adopted.

During the closing plenary, Chair Hosino thanked delegates for their spirit of cooperation to achieve positive results over the course of the week. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, noted that both WGRI 4 and COP 11 presented challenges. He lauded delegates for the success achieved, noting that while COP 11 faces many challenges the results and conclusions at WGRI 4 bode well for COP 11’s success.

Ghana, for the African Group, stressed the importance of reviewing and revising NBSAPs for implementing the Convention, urging continuous support and catalytic action to aid Africa in achieving the 2014 deadline for the revision of NBSAPs. The EU stressed that the NBSAPs underpins implementation of the CBD at the national level. Georgia, for the CIS, outlined the importance of the financial mechanism for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and that additional sources are needed to effectively implement the Strategic Plan. Samoa, for SIDS, urged Rio+20 to address and discuss Rio+20 to its fullest. The IIFB called for more involvement of indigenous peoples to implement the CBD in the future.

Chair Hosino closed the meeting at 6.07pm.

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Chair Kazuaki Hosino, Japan, gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:07pm.
 
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Delegates from the EU consulting.
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Naeem Ashraf Raja, Pakistan

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Dayuan Xue, China.

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Christian Prip, Denmark

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Edgar Selvin Pérez, Guatemala

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Estrella M. Kromodihardjo-Madngisa, Suriname

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Faleafaga Toni Tipama'a, Samoa

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Canada and the EU in informal consultations.

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Thursday, 10 May 2012

In the morning plenary, the Chairs of the contact groups reported on progress in their sessions, with Co-Chair Bignell noting the “good spirit and humor” in Contact Group I and Co-Chair Verleye commenting on Contact Group II’s “good collaboration and good progress.” Co-Chair Bignell noted the completion of all issues in Contact Group I, with the exception of some brackets that “are likely better addressed in COP 11.” Chair Hosino then encouraged delegates not to “go into details or heavy negotiation” on bracketed text. Before adjourning, Yeon-chul Yoo presented the Republic of Korea’s interest in hosting CBD COP 12. He emphasized the Korean commitment to contribution and balance in: terrestrial and marine conservation; traditional knowledge and modern science; and common ground between developed and developing countries in biodiversity conservation.

A Friends of the Chair group then met to discuss Somalia’s request to compile information on the impact of military conflicts on biodiversity.

In the afternoon, the contact group on financing for biodiversity met to review non-papers on the Strategy for Resource Mobilization and the Financial Mechanism.

In the evening, the plenary reconvened to consider CRPs on the engagement of business, cooperation with other conventions, the message to Rio+20 and south-south cooperation.



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Delegates from Africa in informal consultations.
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L-R: Eunice Dus, Papua New Guinea, consulting text with Alissa Takesy, Micronesia
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Hassan Haji Ibrahim, Somalia

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Throughout the day, contact groups met on financing for biodiversity and the Strategic Plan and related issues. The contact group on financing for biodiversity considered a first reading of a non-paper on the Strategy for Resource Mobilization. In the afternoon, the group considered a non-paper on review of guidance to the GEF. The group reconvened briefly in the evening to review the revised non-paper on the Strategy for Resource Mobilization.

The contact group on the Strategic Plan and related issues considered non-papers on the Strategic Plan and the Clearing-House Mechanism; CBD’s message to Rio+20; and biodiversity and development. The contact group reconvened in the evening to finalize text on biodiversity and development. Co-Chair Bignell announced that the non-paper on south-south cooperation would be forwarded to the WGRI plenary as a CRP.

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Karma C. Nyedrup, Bhutan

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

In the morning, Chair Hosino announced a contact group on the Strategic Plan and related issues had been established and would be co-Chaired by Spencer Thomas (Grenada) and Andrew Bignell (New Zealand).

Throughout the day participants discussed: options for sending a technical and/or political message to Rio+20; integrating biodiversity into poverty eradication and development; cooperation with other conventions; and engaging with business. When adjourning the plenary mid-afternoon, Hosino announced that the contact group on the Strategic Plan and related issues would convene in the evening. The contact group on resource mobilization and the financial mechanism will convene Wednesday morning.

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Braulio Diaz, Venezuela

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Joy Angelica Santos-Doctor, the Philippines

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Boukar Attari, Niger

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Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, with delegates from Arabic speaking countries.

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Delegates from Japan, Cambodia and Thailand consulting.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

The meeting of the fourth ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI 4) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened today at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada.

In the morning, Kazuaki Hosino, Japan, on behalf of Ryu Matsumoto, President of the Conference of the Parties (COP), highlighted the importance of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

New CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias noted that this meeting and the twelve draft recommendations that are tabled represent the first opportunity for the parties to review the progress made in moving towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Participants then discussed: the review of progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2012 and in providing support to parties in the context of the Strategic Plan and Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and resource mobilization.

At the end of the day. Chair Kazuaki Hosino announced that two informal contact groups would be set up. He invited representatives of India and Belgium to chair the contact group on resource mobilization.  He noted that details of the contact group on the Strategic Plan would be announced in the morning.

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Victor Canton, Uruguay

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L-R: Lucy Mulenkei and Joji Cariño, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)

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L-R: Tanya Rosen, ENB in a conversation with Neimatullo Safarov, Tajikistan and Kylychbek Zhundubaev, Kyrgyzstan.

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