Fifteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
7-11 November 2011 (Montreal, Canada)
Excerpted from the IISD Reporting Services summary report of the meeting

The fifteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 7-11 November 2011, in Montreal, Canada, immediately following the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions. SBSTTA considered: a draft capacity-building strategy for the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI); indicators and other tools and guidance for assessing progress in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration; proposals on ways and means to address gaps in international standards regarding invasive alien species (IAS) introduced as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food; implications of changes in the water cycle and freshwater resources for the implementation of the work programmes on inland water biodiversity; sustainable use of biodiversity, including revised recommendations of the Liaison Group on Bushmeat, options for small-scale food and income alternatives, and a report on how to improve sustainable use in a landscape perspective; Arctic biodiversity; and ways and means to improve SBSTTA effectiveness.

TK-related issues were addressed under the GTI, the Strategic Plan and inland water biodiversity. Discussions on a draft comprehensive capacity-building strategy for the GTI addressed questions linked to the movement of genetic resources and access to TK involved in taxonomic research. The adopted recommendation notes the importance of ILCs’ traditional taxonomic knowledge in the context of the GTI and emphasizes the need that taxonomic research involving the movement of genetic resources between countries and access to TK be undertaken in line with the CBD provisions on ABS and, where relevant, the Nagoya Protocol, subject to domestic legislation or regulatory requirements. On the Strategic Plan, SBSTTA recommends that the COP take note of the work of the Working Group on Article 8(j) on the development of indicators relevant for TK and customary sustainable use. On inland water biodiversity, SBSTTA concludes that ILCs that maintain a very close relationship with water cycle-associated biodiversity, which is demonstrated in cultural activities, including through indigenous languages, can help promote sustainable water management based on their TK. Read the IISD Reporting Services summary report of the meeting [pdf] … Visit the meeting’s website, including links to meeting documents …

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