South American Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB)


2-3 October 2007 | Bariloche, Argentina

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Tuesday, 2 October -Wednesday, 3 October

Highlights for Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Latin American Consultation Concludes in Bariloche
The Latin American Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB concluded on Wednesday, 3 October 2007, with participants agreeing on outcomes of the two-day meeting in plenary. Participants reached broad agreement on the needs for an IMoSEB, and put forward two options for such a mechanism. The first option would consist of an international panel of scientists, political figures and other biodiversity actors, supported by a major “network of networks” for exchanging and building scientific information. The second option would strengthen existing scientific information networks and mechanisms, with a focus on enhancing national and regional-level decision-making on biodiversity issues.
Participants also discussed and agreed on the specific needs and challenges of the Latin American region, and the relationship of an IMoSEB to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other biodiversity conventions. These outcomes will be reflected in the meeting report which will contribute to future consultations on a possible IMoSEB.


Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of IMoSEB, suggested that an IMoSEB could endeavor to provide expertise that could help a community, region or nation to ensure that the objectives of the CBD are fulfilled.

 

Maxime Thibon, IMoSEB Secretariat, presented a synthesis of working group results to plenary.



Working Group 1
During the morning session, Working Group 1 discussed options for funding an IMoSEB consisting of a “network of networks” of scientific experts.


 
Members of Working Group 1.   Silvana Merello, Argentina; María Elena Zaccagnini, INTA, Argentina; and Luis German Naranjo, WWF Colombia.

 
María Elena Zaccagnini, National Institute of Farming Technology (INTA), Argentina and Hugo Luis López, La Plata Museum, Argentina.  

Teresita Borges Hernández, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba


   
Luis German Naranjo, WWF Colombia   Carlos Guerra, University of Panama   Francia Motta Salinas, Institute of Geography and Regional Development, Venezuela Central University 


Working Group 2
During discussions, participants in Working Group 2 envisaged that an IMoSEB would link closely with the CBD, while also cooperating with other biodiversity-related conventions.


Members of Working Group 2

 
Bruno Monteferri, Peruvian Society of Environmental Law, and Natalia Pérez Harguindeguy, IMBIV, Cordoba University, Argentina.   Leticia S. de Polo, Panama, and Garcia Randall INBio, Costa Rica

 
Richard Huber, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS), and Lily O. Rodriguez, GTZ, Rural Sustainable Development Programme (PDRS), Peru  

Richard Huber, OAS


 

Working groups reported back to plenary, which then discussed the structure of a possible IMoSEB, the specific needs of Latin America, and the role of the private sector, the media and indigenous communities.


 
 
Garcia Randall INBio, Costa Rica  

 

  Luis German Naranjo, WWF Colombia

 
Lily O. Rodriguez, GTZ, Rural Sustainable Development Programme (PDRS), Peru Tim Hirsch, media consultant

   
Bruno Monteferri, Peruvian Society of Environmental Law  

 

  Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of IMoSEB


Discussion of meeting outcomes


 

 

 
Didier Babin, Executive Secretary of the Consultative Process towards an IMoSEB, thanked participants and host country Argentina.   Alfred Oteng-Yeboah congratulated all attendees and closed the meeting at 5:11 pm.

 
Related Links
 

IMoSEB Resources
IMoSEB South American Regional Consultation
IMoSEB Asia Regional Consultation
IMoSEB Information Center and Documents
IMoSEB Background Information

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) Resources
IISD RS summary report of the Asian Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 24-25 September 2007, Beijing, China. (English: HTML- PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the European Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 26-28 April 2007, Geneva, Switzerland. (English: HTML - PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the African Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 1-3 March 2007, Yaoundé, Cameroon (English: HTML - PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the North American Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB, 30-31 January 2007, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (English: HTML - PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the conference “Biodiversity in European Development Cooperation - supporting the sustainable development of partner countries” (the BEDC Conference), 19-21 September 2006, Paris, France
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