Second meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Protected Areas (WGPA-2) and Thirteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-13)
of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
11 February 2008 – 22 February 2008 (Rome, Italy)
Excerpted from the ENB Summaries

WGPA 2 adopted two heavily bracketed recommendations on the review of implementation of the programme of work and on options for mobilizing financial resources for its implementation, for consideration by the CBD’s ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9), which will take place from 19-30 May 2008 in Bonn, Germany.

SBSTTA 13 conducted in-depth reviews of the CBD work programmes on agricultural biodiversity and forest biodiversity, and addressed scientific and technical issues of relevance to the implementation of the CBD’s 2010 target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss relating to marine and coastal biodiversity, inland waters biodiversity, invasive alien species, and biodiversity and climate change. The meeting also considered the modus operandi for addressing new and emerging issues relating to the conservation and use of biodiversity. SBSTTA 13 adopted seven recommendations, which will be forwarded to COP 9.

TK featured during the discussions, particularly under the theme of agricultural biodiversity at SBSTTA. Regarding impacts of agriculture on biodiversity, many countries called for a balanced approach that considers both negative and positive impacts, in particular the positive impacts of traditional farming practices. Documentation of traditional farming practices and knowledge and successful practices was proposed as an issue in need of enhanced research. The discussion about on-farm conservation centered on participatory decision-making processes and adequate references to traditional farmers and indigenous and local communities and to the components of biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions. In the final report, SBSTTA recommends, inter alia, that the COP recognize the need to promote the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities in the implementation of the expanded programme of work.

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WGPA-2 meeting page…
SBSTTA-13 meeting page…