Seventeenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
14-18 October 2013 (Montreal, Canada)

Held immediately following the eighth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge), the seventeenth meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 17) convened from 14-18 October 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Featuring a new format aiming to enhance its scientific and technical focus, including panel presentations, delivery of statements and the convening of two Friends of the Chair drafting groups, SBSTTA 17 focused on the scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets, and its contribution to the intersessional process of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

In the recommendation on scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan, SBSTTA identifies a number of key scientific and technical needs, including on better ways to draw on social sciences; better ways to include relevant traditional knowledge (TK) systems; and strengthening non-monetary valuation tools and methodologies for the maintenance of ecosystem functions. Specifically on TK, SBSTTA identified the need for better ways to include relevant indigenous and traditional knowledge systems and the collective actions of indigenous and local communities to complement scientific knowledge in support of the effective implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, with the approval and involvement of the holders of such knowledge, innovations and practices. Furthermore, in the recommendation on IPBES, SBSTTA emphasized the role of TK systems and of intercultural and scientific dialogues; and the inclusion of a broad range of approaches, visions and models related to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use at multiple scales in IPBES work to complement information, tools and methodologies for policy making.

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