Articles 16 and 18 of the Convention on Biological Diversity require Parties to promote technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer in the field of conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, inter alia, through the development of national policies and strengthening of national capabilities, development and use of technologies, training of personnel and exchange of experts, and establishment of joint research programmes and joint ventures for development of relevant technologies.
In decisions XIII/23, XII/2, X/16, IX/14, VIII/12 and VII/29, the Conference of the Parties adopted a number of measures and provided guidance on various aspects relating to technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer. In 2014, a Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) was established by the Government of the Republic of Korea to promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer for the effective implementation of the Convention and its Protocols. A Bio-Bridge Action Plan was launched in December 2016 at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Cancun to guide the activities and operations of the Initiative for the period 2017-2020.
This document outlines the terms of reference for an Advisory Committee on Scientific and Technical Cooperation and Technology Transfer – henceforth referred to as the “Advisory Committee”.
The Advisory Committee shall provide strategic guidance and advice on practical ways and means to advance the implementation of Articles 16 and 18, and related provisions of the Convention and of its Protocols on technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Committee will include the following:
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will service the Advisory Committee, including providing the necessary logistical and secretarial support to its work.
The Advisory Committee shall comprise one representative of Parties from each of the five regions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Western Europe and Others Group) and representatives and experts from relevant organizations. Advisory Committee members shall bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to improving sustainability and addressing biodiversity challenges through science and technology. Members are expected to be authorities in their respective field of expertise and drivers of change. Members shall be selected based on the following criteria as evidenced in their Curriculum Vitae:
Members of the Advisory Committee shall be selected through a formal nomination process based on the above criteria. The members shall serve in their personal capacity and not as a representative of a Government, corporation, organization or any other entity.
Advisory Committee members will serve for a term of two years, with a possibility of renewal for one additional two-year term.