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SBSTTA 11 Recommendation XI/13

Sustainable use: further consolidation of the work on the use of terms and on associated instruments

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice,

Recalling paragraph 5 of decision VII/12, on sustainable use,

1. Welcomes the development of the biodiversity and sustainable use module of the United Nations Environment Programme's project on Issue-Based Modules for Coherent Implementation of Biodiversity-related Conventions, as a helpful tool for implementation;

Use of terms

2. Recalls that the use of terms as set down in Article 2 of the Convention provides guidance for all activities under the Convention;

Adaptive management and monitoring

3. Takes note of the recent progress made in consolidating work on adaptive management and monitoring by including information and guidance on adaptive management and monitoring into the webbased sourcebook and the Users' Guide on the Ecosystem Approach, prepared pursuant to paragraph9(d) of decision VII/11 in collaboration with Parties and relevant international and regional organizations;

Indicators

Taking note of the progress made on indicators relevant to the focal area on sustainable use of the framework for assessing progress towards the 2010 target contained in decision VII/30,

Recognizing the need to further consolidate work on indicators for sustainable use initiated primarily at the thematic (decision VII/12, paragraph 5), national (decision VII/8) and global (decisionVII/30) levels,

Recalling the list of headline indicators associated with the sub-targets of goal 4 ("Promote sustainable use") contained in annex II to recommendation X/5 of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice,

4. Takes note of the ongoing, and encourages new, initiatives and processes on the regional and international levels to further develop indicators on sustainable use applicable in different regions and sectors (see the annex to the present recommendation for a preliminary list of ongoing initiatives and processes) and encourages those initiatives to consider the specific conditions and capacity constraints of developing countries when developing indicators,

5. Requests the Executive Secretary to take note of initiatives, processes and organizations and their efforts to further develop and consolidate indicators on the sustainable use of biodiversity and to report thereon to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;

6. Recommends that the Conference of the Parties invites the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions, in the context of its work on the development of indicators on the protection of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities as requested in decision VII/30 to also consider indicators on sustainable use that relate to the customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that are compatible with conservation or sustainable use requirements (Article 10(c));

Casestudies

Recalling paragraph 4 of decision VII/12,

7. Recommends that the Conference of the Parties invites the Global Environment Facility and other funding institutions to support in-depth case-studies on the application of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity;

Regional workshops on sustainable use

Noting with appreciation the support provided by the Governments of the Russian Federation and of Argentina in hosting respectively, the Central and Eastern European, and the Latin American and Caribbean regional expert workshops on sustainable use, as well as the financial support provided by the Government of the Netherlands,

Recognizing the important role these workshops play in identifying emerging issues for the regions,

8. Recalling that SBSTTA, in accordance with paragraph 4 of decision VII/12, will consider success stories, best practices and lessons learnt in the application of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines at a meeting prior to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, notes the contribution the reports of the workshops could make in assessing the application of the Principles and Guidelines in different regions;

9. Recalling that the Conference of the Parties, in paragraph 3 of decision VII/12, requested SBSTTA to explore the applicability of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines to agricultural biodiversity at a meeting prior to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, notes the contribution the report of the Latin American and Caribbean regional experts workshop on sustainable use could make to this exploration.

Annex

PROVISIONAL LIST OF ONGOING INITIATIVES AND PROCESSES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDICATORS ON SUSTAINABLE USE

1. The initiative on Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators, coordinated by the European Environment Agency and its European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETCBD), the European Centre for Nature Conservation and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme;

2. The IUCN ad hoc working group on sustainable use indicators in the context of the 2010 target;

3. The workshop on sustainable use indicators to be held in January 2006 by UNEP-WCMC and the IUCN Sustainable Use Specialist Group.

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