Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
8-19 October 2012 (Hyderabad, India)

CBD COP 11 will address the status of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS); implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets; and issues related to financial resources and mechanism, cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity, operations of the Convention, and administrative and budgetary matters. Delegates will also review the programme of work on island biodiversity, and address: ecosystem restoration; Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge); marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; biodiversity and development; and several other ecosystem-related and cross-cutting issues. From 16-19 October 2012, the high-level segment will focus on: implementation of the Strategic Plan; biodiversity for livelihoods and poverty reduction; marine and coastal biodiversity; and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS. Other meetings to be held in parallel to COP 11 include the Rio Conventions Pavilion (9-18 October 2012), the Cities’ Biodiversity Summit (15-16 October 2012), the Fair on experiences and best practices in communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) (8-19 October 2012); and the Peoples Biodiversity Festival (13-16 October 2012). The Rio Conventions Pavilion will address, among other issues, protected areas, livelihoods, REDD+ and integrated implementation of the Rio Conventions.

On Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge), the COP will address: progress in the implementation of Article 8(j) and related provisions and its integration into the various areas of work under the CBD; the topic for the in-depth dialogue to be held at the eighth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j); participatory mechanisms for indigenous and local communities in the work of the Convention; Tasks 7, 10 and 12 (benefit-sharing from, and unlawful appropriation of, traditional knowledge) of the revised multi-year programme of work on Article 8(j); terms of reference to advance Task 15 (repatriation of indigenous and traditional knowledge); elements of sui generis systems for the protection of traditional knowledge; customary sustainable use (Article 10(c)) as a major component of the work programme on Article 8(j), including a list of indicative tasks; and indicators relevant for traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use as part of the agenda item on monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi biodiversity targets.

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