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SBSTTA 8 Recommendations

SBSTTA 8 Recommendation VIII/7
Retired sections:

Multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

1. Recommends that the Strategic Plan, and its target of 2010 for significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss, should guide the implementation of the multi-year programme of work;

2. Also recommends that in light of the current heavy workload of the Convention, the addition of new items for in-depth consideration is not desirable until after 2010, with the exception of in-depth consideration of island biodiversity;

3. Further recommends that if a limited number of new items are to be added, they should be prioritized and clearly further the implementation of the Strategic Plan, taking into consideration its 2010 target;

4. Agrees that the in-depth review of existing areas of work should be treated as a priority, with special emphasis on assessing progress in implementation, concentrating on key issues that are affecting implementation of the Convention;

5. Recommends that, in setting the agendas of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties, issues relating to each of the three objectives of the Convention should be addressed in a balanced way. The number of items for in-depth review should be limited to a maximum of three;

6. Also recommends that the focus should be on implementation of the programmes of work by Parties, corresponding to national priorities as set forward in national biodiversity strategies and action plans. Development of strategies for implementation should include an analysis of obstacles, and ways to overcome those obstacles, and should concentrate on practical action, such as multi-Party collaborative initiatives. Building of national capacity, with special emphasis on technology transfer and scientific research, should also be addressed;

7. Recognizing the need to consider means and mechanism of improving implementation support for the Convention, recommends that the clearing-house mechanism should further contribute to the practical implementation of the programmes of work, through facilitating the exchange of information, transfer of technology, sharing of expertise, capacity-building, and best practices, as an important element of any implementation support mechanism;

8. Recommends that, at each of its meetings until 2010, the Conference of the Parties, including its Ministerial Segment, should assess, as an explicit agenda item, the state of progress in achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan and progress towards achievement of its 2010 targets;

9. Notes that some Parties recommend that the in-depth review of the implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity be advanced from the ninth to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, while others recommend that it should be postponed until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties or later.

Annex II

PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE NINTH MEETING OF THE SUBSIDIARY BODY ON SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE

1. Opening of the meeting.

2. Organizational matters:

      2.1. Election of officers;

      2.2. Adoption of the agenda;

      2.3. Organization of work.

3. Reports:

      3.1. Progress in the implementation of the thematic programmes of work;

      3.2. Progress in the implementation of the programmes of work on cross-cutting issues;

      3.3. Report of the Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice on the inter-sessional activities of the Bureau.

4. Main themes:

      4.1. Protected areas;

      4.2. Technology transfer and cooperation.

5. Other substantive issues:

      5.1. Ecosystem approach: further elaboration and guidelines for implementation;

      5.2. Sustainable use: development of practical principles, operational guidelines and associated instruments;

      5.3. Monitoring and indicators: designing national-level monitoring programmes and indicators;

      5.4. Biological diversity and climate change;

5.5. Mountain ecosystems.

      6. Preparation for the tenth and eleventh meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice:

      6.1. Draft provisional agendas;

      6.2. Dates and venues.

7. Other matters.

8. Adoption of the report.

9. Closure of the meeting.

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9 / Monitoring at World Heritage sites should be designed to also incorporate the World Heritage criteria upon which the site was inscribed. The monitoring system should be designed to contribute to the World Heritage periodic reporting structure, aimed at gathering information on the state of conservation of the site.

Multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

1. Recommends that the Strategic Plan, and its target of 2010 for significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss, should guide the implementation of the multi-year programme of work;

2. Also recommends that in light of the current heavy workload of the Convention, the addition of new items for in-depth consideration is not desirable until after 2010, with the exception of in-depth consideration of island biodiversity;

3. Further recommends that if a limited number of new items are to be added, they should be prioritized and clearly further the implementation of the Strategic Plan, taking into consideration its 2010 target;

4. Agrees that the in-depth review of existing areas of work should be treated as a priority, with special emphasis on assessing progress in implementation, concentrating on key issues that are affecting implementation of the Convention;

5. Recommends that, in setting the agendas of future meetings of the Conference of the Parties, issues relating to each of the three objectives of the Convention should be addressed in a balanced way. The number of items for in-depth review should be limited to a maximum of three;

6. Also recommends that the focus should be on implementation of the programmes of work by Parties, corresponding to national priorities as set forward in national biodiversity strategies and action plans. Development of strategies for implementation should include an analysis of obstacles, and ways to overcome those obstacles, and should concentrate on practical action, such as multi-Party collaborative initiatives. Building of national capacity, with special emphasis on technology transfer and scientific research, should also be addressed;

7. Recognizing the need to consider means and mechanism of improving implementation support for the Convention, recommends that the clearing-house mechanism should further contribute to the practical implementation of the programmes of work, through facilitating the exchange of information, transfer of technology, sharing of expertise, capacity-building, and best practices, as an important element of any implementation support mechanism;

8. Recommends that, at each of its meetings until 2010, the Conference of the Parties, including its Ministerial Segment, should assess, as an explicit agenda item, the state of progress in achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan and progress towards achievement of its 2010 targets;

9. Notes that some Parties recommend that the in-depth review of the implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity be advanced from the ninth to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, while others recommend that it should be postponed until the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties or later.

Annex II

PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE NINTH MEETING OF THE SUBSIDIARY BODY ON SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE

1. Opening of the meeting.

2. Organizational matters:

      2.1. Election of officers;

      2.2. Adoption of the agenda;

      2.3. Organization of work.

3. Reports:

      3.1. Progress in the implementation of the thematic programmes of work;

      3.2. Progress in the implementation of the programmes of work on cross-cutting issues;

      3.3. Report of the Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice on the inter-sessional activities of the Bureau.

4. Main themes:

      4.1. Protected areas;

      4.2. Technology transfer and cooperation.

5. Other substantive issues:

      5.1. Ecosystem approach: further elaboration and guidelines for implementation;

      5.2. Sustainable use: development of practical principles, operational guidelines and associated instruments;

      5.3. Monitoring and indicators: designing national-level monitoring programmes and indicators;

      5.4. Biological diversity and climate change;

5.5. Mountain ecosystems.

      6. Preparation for the tenth and eleventh meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice:

      6.1. Draft provisional agendas;

      6.2. Dates and venues.

7. Other matters.

8. Adoption of the report.

9. Closure of the meeting.

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9 / Monitoring at World Heritage sites should be designed to also incorporate the World Heritage criteria upon which the site was inscribed. The monitoring system should be designed to contribute to the World Heritage periodic reporting structure, aimed at gathering information on the state of conservation of the site.

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