Final International Steering Committee of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB)

15-17 November 2007 | Montpellier, France

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Daily highlights:
Thursday, 15 November - Friday, 16 November - Saturday, 17 November

Highlights for Thursday, 15 November 2007

On Thursday, 15 November 2007, the final meeting of the International Steering Committee of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB) opened in Montpellier, France. Participants heard opening presentations in the morning, followed by roundtable discussions and a general discussion on the need, scope and forms for an IMoSEB, which continued into the afternoon.

The final International Steering Committee meeting, which is scheduled to conclude on 17 November 2007, addresses outcomes from six regional consultations on an IMoSEB which have taken place since January 2007.

Opening Segment

L-R: André Menez, President of the Paris Museum of Natural History; Anne-Yvonne Le Dain, Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council representative;  Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Co-Chair of the IMoSEB Executive Committee; and Michel Loreau, Co-Chair of the IMoSEB Executive Committee.

André Menez recalled that the IMoSEB consultative process addresses a request to provide a network of expertise, including intergovernmental and non-governmental components and building on existing entities and institutions, to raise global awareness on biodiversity.

Co-Chair Alfred Oteng-Yeboah welcomed delegates to the final meeting of the Steering Committee of the Consultative Process towards an IMoSEB.

Roundtable Discussions

Participants attended roundtables and discussions on the needs identified at the biodiversity knowledge and decision-making processes interface and the need for an IMoSEB as well as on the options for an IMoSEB formulated by the regional and others consultations.

Martha Chouchena-Rojas, IUCN – The World Conservation Union

Ivar Baste, United Nations Environment Programme

Leonard Hirsch, Smithsonian Institute

Claudine Ramiarison, National Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity, Madagascar.

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological Diversity Executive Secretary.

Around the Conference

Members of the Executive Secretariat

Related Links

IMoSEB Resources
IMoSEB Information Center and Documents
IMoSEB Background Information

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) Resources
IISD RS summary report of the South American Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB), 2-3 October 2007, Bariloche, Argentina. (English: HTML- PDF) (Français: HTML - PDF)
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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