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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
 
Highlights for Friday, 11 May 2012
 
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WGRI 4

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.

Chair Kazuaki Hosino, Japan, gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:07pm.
 
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Edgar Selvin Pérez, Guatemala

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Estrella M. Kromodihardjo-Madngisa, Suriname

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Delegates from Mexico and Somalia with representatives from UNEP and CBD Secretariat, discussing language referring to armed conflicts and biodiversity.
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Member Mushongahande, Zimbabwe

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Snežana Prokic, (Serbia) Rapporteur

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Ioseb Kartsivadze, Georgia

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Dais during closing plenary.

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