Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions
31 October – 4 November 2011 (Montreal, Canada)

Fifteenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
7-11 November 2011 (Montreal, Canada)

The CBD Secretariat has circulated the provisional agendas and called for participant nominations for the seventh meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) and the 15th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 15), to be held in October/November 2011, in Montreal, Canada.

The agenda of the seventh meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) includes items on: mechanisms to promote the effective participation of ILCs in the work of the Convention; an in-depth dialogue on ecosystem management, ecosystem services and protected areas; and several tasks of the multi-year programme of work on the implementation of Article 8(j), including a strategy to integrate Article 10 with a focus on Article 10(c) (customary sustainable use) as a cross-cutting issue into the programmes of work and thematic areas of the Convention. Nominations from governments, ILCs and international organizations are invited by 30 September 2011. ILC representatives wishing to receive funding from the Voluntary Trust Fund are invited to submit their applications to the CBD Secretariat no later than 31 July 2011. ILC applicants who indicate that they are able to participate in the meetings of both the Working Group on Article 8(j) and SBSTTA will be given priority in the selection process.

The agenda of SBSTTA 15 includes items on: the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including ecosystem restoration and a capacity-building strategy for the Global Taxonomy Initiative; invasive alien species; inland water biodiversity; sustainable use of biodiversity; Arctic biodiversity; and ways and means to improve SBSTTA effectiveness. Download the CBD Notification for ILCs [pdf] … Visit the webpage of the seventh meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) … Visit the webpage of the Voluntary Trust Fund, including links to application forms … Visit the webpage of SBSTTA-15 …

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