1. Opening of the meeting.
2. Organizational matters:
2.1 Election of the officers;
2.2 Adoption of the agenda;
2.3 Organization of work.
3. Matters on which advice from the SBSTTA is required by the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties:
3.1 Review of assessment of biological diversity made in 1995, and methodologies for future assessments, as well as the minimum standard data required, as appropriate, to be applied in accordance with national priorities and programmes.
3.2 Alternative ways and means in which the Conference of the Parties could start the process of identification, monitoring and assessment of components of biological diversity, as well as processes and categories of activities which have or are likely to have significant adverse impacts on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, in accordance with Article 7.
3.3 Review and promotion of indicators of biological diversity to be used for assessment of effectiveness of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.
3.4 Identification of sound technologies, including biotechnology, and description of ways and means to promote and facilitate access to, and transfer and development of these technologies, and the role of the clearing-house mechanism.
3.5 Ways and means to identify and protect the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles and to compensate through the equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of such knowledge, innovations and practices, in accordance with Article 8(j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
3.6 Capacity-building in relation to the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from biotechnology that may have adverse effect on the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components.
3.7 Role of the clearing-house mechanism in facilitating and promoting technical and scientific cooperation in research and development related to conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of its components.
3.8 Scientific, technical and technological aspects of the conservation of agricultural biological diversity and sustainable use of its components (also taking into account the other provisions in Article 25, paragraph 2).
3.9 Scientific, technical and technological aspects of the future programme of work for terrestrial biological diversity in the light of the outcome of deliberations of the third session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in 1995.
3.10 Scientific, technical and technological advice on economic valuation of biological diversity and its components, in particular in relation to access to genetic resources.
3.11 Contribution of the Convention on Biological Diversity to the forthcoming special session of the General Assembly to review implementation of Agenda 21.
4. Programme of work of the SBSTTA for 1995-1997.
5. Draft provisional agenda of the third meeting of the SBSTTA.
6. Date and venue of the third meeting of the SBSTTA.
7. Other matters.
8. Adoption of the report.
9. Closure of the meeting.