Decision XI/12 paragraph 1

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Retirement of decisions

The Conference of the Parties,

Recognizing that the exercise of retiring its decisions may have higher added value if directed towards supporting the review of implementation of existing decisions and creating a good basis for the adoption of new decisions,

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1.Decides to retire the decisions and elements of decisions adopted at its seventh meeting listed in the annex to the present decision;

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2.Also decides to refocus the exercise towards supporting the review of implementation of existing decisions and creating a good basis for the adoption of new decisions by integrating the exercise and proposals for retirement into the preparation and adoption of new decisions on the same subject matter, wherever possible;

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3.Requests the Executive Secretary to make proposals on how best to implement paragraph 2 above, while ensuring that decisions that do not fall within paragraph 2 can also be considered for retirement, for consideration by the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention at its fifth meeting;

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4.Requests the Working Group, at its fifth meeting, to prepare a recommendation for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting.

Body
Conference of the Parties (COP)

Meeting
COP-11
Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
8 - 19 October, 2012
Hyderabad, India

Type
operational

Status
implemented

Documents

Related decisions
VII/1 para 1
Forest biological diversity
1. Welcomes the progress made on the implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity as a significant contribution to achieving the 2010 target and achieving sustainable forest management at national, regional, and global levels;
VII/1 para 2
Forest biological diversity
2.Urges the Executive Secretary to continue and further strengthen its work in this field including the report on the effects on forest biological diversity of insufficient forest law enforcement as requested in paragraph 19 (e) of decision VI/22;
VII/1 para 3
Forest biological diversity
3.Invites the Coordinator and Head of the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests members and other relevant partners and organizations as specified in paragraph 19 (b) of decision VI/22, as well as Parties and other Governments, to provide any further views on the preliminary assessment undertaken by the Executive Secretary on the relationship between the proposals for action of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests Intergovernmental forum on Forests (IPF/IFF) and the activities of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/INF/31), with the objective of facilitating the implementation of related activities under these two instruments, and avoiding duplication of effort and noting that there has been work done by the Program on Forests (PROFOR) and the World Bank to link the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity with the IPF/IFF proposals for action;
VII/1 para 4
Forest biological diversity
4.Takes note of the report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on the Review of Implementation of the Programme of Work on Forest Biological Diversity, held in Montpellier, France, from 24 to 27 November 2003 (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/INF/20) and requests that the Executive Secretary organizes another meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group prior to the eleventh meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice;
VII/1 para 7
Forest biological diversity
7. Requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on the Review of Implementation of the Programme of Work on Forest Biological Diversity to propose outcome-oriented targets to be integrated into the work programme for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, taking into account decision VII/30 on the future evaluation of the Strategic Plan of the Convention as well as regionally and internationally agreed criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management through intergovernmental processes.  The targets should be viewed as a flexible framework within which national and/or regional targets may be developed, according to national priorities and capacities, and taking into account differences in diversity between countries;
VII/1 para 8
Forest biological diversity
8.Recommends that the Executive Secretary continues collaboration with other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests in their efforts, inter alia, at harmonizing and streamlining forest-related reporting;
VII/1 para 10
Forest biological diversity
10. Urges Parties and other governments, and international and regional groups further to enhance their efforts in implementing the programme of work on forest biological diversity as an essential contribution towards advancing the 2010 target;
VII/2 para 8
The biological diversity of dry and sub-humid lands
8.Takes note of the reports of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the land degradation assessment in drylands project (LADA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on how they address the assessment needs of the programme of work on biological diversity of dry and sub-humid lands, and especially on ways to strengthen national efforts to conduct assessments;
VII/2 para 9
The biological diversity of dry and sub-humid lands
9.Welcomes the joint work programme between the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/INF/28) and encourages Parties and relevant stakeholders to contribute to the implementation of its components.
VII/4 para 1
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
1.Notes the progress made in the implementation of the programme of work on the biological diversity of inland water ecosystems, as reported in the note by the Executive Secretary (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/12);
VII/4 para 2
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
2.Recognizes that a major shortcoming in the current review has been the limited availability of recent information on each of the activities of the programme of work and the lack of financial resources to generate it, and further recognizes the usefulness of the national reports submitted to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) for a global status of the implementation of the programme of work on the biological diversity of inland water ecosystems, and, accordingly, requests the Executive Secretary to submit, for consideration at its eighth meeting, a proposal on ways and means for making the review more comprehensive;
VII/4 para 3
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
3.Also requests the Executive Secretary to develop with the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention a proposal, for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting, on streamlining and improving the effectiveness of national reporting on inland water ecosystems, taking into account the work of the Task Force on Streamlining Forest-related Reporting established in the framework of United Nations Forum on Forests and other initiatives for harmonizing biodiversity-related national reports;
VII/4 para 14 3)
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
(c)In collaboration with relevant organizations and conventions, develop cost-effective means to report on implementation of the programme of work as measured against the global targets defined in the Strategic Plan, in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, and in the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, essentially using indicators and assessments at the global level by international organizations, or existing data, and propose these to the Subsidiary Body prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/4 para 16 1)
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
(a)A work plan with defined timeframe, ways, means, and capacity needs for assessing the extent, distribution and characteristics of inland water ecosystems, including, inter alia, biological characteristics and those chemical and physical characteristics relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, including necessary requirements for ecosystem based approaches, where possible using and not duplicating the efforts of other initiatives;
VII/4 para 16 2)
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
(b)A report on information, and sources of information, on the trends of inland water biodiversity, definition of agreed baselines, relevant indicators and frequency of the assessments; and
VII/4 para 16 3)
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
(c)A work plan with ways and means for assessing processes and categories of activities which have or are likely to have significant adverse impacts on the conservation and sustainable use of inland water biological diversity;
VII/4 para 21
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
21.Recognizes that the guidelines are focused on biological factors and, more specifically, on species-level assessments, and that they only touch on ecosystem-level and socio-economic and cultural aspects relating to the conservation and use of biological diversity, and requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention and other relevant organizations, to develop a complementary set of tools to assess the function and health of inland water ecosystems and the socio-economic and cultural values of biological diversity of inland waters to be presented as information paper to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting;
VII/4 para 25
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
25.Emphasizes the critical role of inland water biodiversity for sustainable livelihoods and, accordingly, requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and other relevant organizations, to prepare a study on the linkages between conservation and sustainable use of inland water biodiversity and poverty alleviation/sustainable livelihoods, including human health considerations, for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting. The study should contain proposals on ways and means to ensure that implementation of the programme of work contributes appropriately to poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods;
VII/4 para 28
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
28.Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice in close collaboration with the Ramsar Convention to review the interim classification system with the view to developing a definitive classification system as a matter of urgency prior to the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, taking into account the multi-year programme of work (decision VII/31), on the basis of experiences accumulated by Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations, as appropriate to their national circumstances, taking into account the options described in the note by the Executive Secretary prepared for the eighth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/8/Add.4);
VII/4 para 29
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
29.Invites the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary and the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, respectively, and in line with paragraph 30 of resolution VIII.10 of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention, and with a view to achieving a more comprehensive coverage of components of biological diversity through the designation of Ramsar sites:(a)To further elaborate the guidelines on existing criteria for the following features:(i)Wetlands supporting wild relatives of domesticated or cultivated species;(ii)Wetlands that support species or communities and genomes or genes of economic, social, scientific or cultural importance;(iii)Wetlands supporting species or communities that are important for research into the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity including indicators of ecosystem health and integrity; and(iv)Wetlands that support important populations of taxonomic groups with wetland-dependent species, including, inter alia, amphibians;(b)To consider the development of additional criteria, including, as appropriate, quantitative criteria; (c)To develop guidelines on the geographical scale at which criteria should be applied;
VII/4 para 29 1)
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
(a)To further elaborate the guidelines on existing criteria for the following features:(i)Wetlands supporting wild relatives of domesticated or cultivated species;(ii)Wetlands that support species or communities and genomes or genes of economic, social, scientific or cultural importance;(iii)Wetlands supporting species or communities that are important for research into the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity including indicators of ecosystem health and integrity; and(iv)Wetlands that support important populations of taxonomic groups with wetland-dependent species, including, inter alia, amphibians;
VII/4 para 29 2)
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
(b)To consider the development of additional criteria, including, as appropriate, quantitative criteria;
VII/4 para 29 3)
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
(c)To develop guidelines on the geographical scale at which criteria should be applied;
VII/4 para 30
Biological diversity of inland water ecosystems
30.Further invites the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to provide guidance, based on experiences, for the interpretation and application of the Ramsar criteria at the national and regional levels.
VII/5 para 1
Marine and coastal biological diversity
1. Takes note that progress has been made in the implementation of the programme of work at the national, regional and global levels and that facilitation of implementation has been undertaken by the Secretariat;
VII/5 para 2
Marine and coastal biological diversity
2.Recognizes that the programme of work on marine and coastal biological diversity must incorporate a diverse range of tools and approaches and address the three objectives of the Convention, and notes the need to ensure integration between the programmes of work on protected areas and on marine and coastal biological diversity, and in particular the programme element on marine and coastal protected areas, to ensure effective coordination in their implementation;
VII/5 para 4
Marine and coastal biological diversity
4.Decides that the programme elements of the programme of work still correspond to global priorities, which are not fully implemented, and therefore extends the time period of the programme of work by an additional six years, taking into account the multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010;
VII/5 para 15
Marine and coastal biological diversity
15. Takes note with appreciation of the joint note of the International Coral Reef Initiative and the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/INF/26) prepared pursuant to decision VI/3 of the Conference of the Parties on the International Coral Reef Initiative resolutions on small island developing States (annex I to the note) and on cold water coral reefs (see annex II to the note);
VII/5 para 37
Marine and coastal biological diversity
37.Notes that further technical advice related to network design and in particular ecological coherence of networks may be needed to assist Parties in implementation work, and requests the Executive Secretary, in consultation with the Bureau of Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, to identify appropriate mechanisms for developing this advice;
VII/5 para 40
Marine and coastal biological diversity
40.Welcomes the summary report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Mariculture (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/9/Add.2) and the full report of the Group as presented as an information document for the eighth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/8/INF/6);
VII/5 para 41
Marine and coastal biological diversity
41.Expresses its appreciation to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for the technical support and meeting facilities provided for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Mariculture;
VII/5 para 54
Marine and coastal biological diversity
54.Requests the Executive Secretary, in consultation with Parties and other Governments and the International Seabed Authority, and in collaboration with international organizations, such as the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization, if appropriate, to compile information on the methods for the identification, assessment and monitoring of genetic resources of the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof, in areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction; compile and synthesize information on their status and trends including identification of threats to such genetic resources and the technical options for their protection; and report on the progress made to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice;
VII/7
Environmental impact assessment and strategic environment assessment
Noting that, in paragraph 4 of its recommendation IX/1, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice decided to follow up on decision VI/7 A at one of its future meetings, in line with the multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010;
VII/8 para 1
Monitoring and indicators:  designing national-level monitoring programmes and indicators
1.Welcomes the progress made by the ninth meeting of SBSTTA on monitoring and indicators;
VII/8 para 4
Monitoring and indicators:  designing national-level monitoring programmes and indicators
4.Expresses its gratitude to the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for its financial support for the expert meeting on indicators of biological diversity, the co-chairs and all the experts for their contributions to the meeting;
VII/9 para 1
Global Taxonomy Initiative
1.Notes the progress and commitment being made in implementing the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative;
VII/9 para 6
Global Taxonomy Initiative
6.Requests Parties to report on the status of implementation of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative and further invites national and international, taxonomic institutions, funding organisations, financial agencies, and the financial mechanism of the Convention to contribute information on their relevant activities to the review of the Global Taxonomy Initiative for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting;
VII/9 para 7 2)
Global Taxonomy Initiative
(b) Develop the process and guidelines for the in-depth review, including mechanisms for monitoring progress in the implementation of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, to be finalized during the tenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice for consideration at the eleventh meeting of the Subsidiary Body; and
VII/10 para 1
Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
1.Notes with satisfaction the progress achieved in the further development and implementation of the Strategy in line with decision VI/9;
VII/10 para 2
Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
2.Expresses appreciation to the organizations that are facilitating stakeholder consultations in relation to the various targets of the Strategy, and to Botanic Gardens Conservation International for supporting the process of developing and implementing the Strategy, including through the secondment of a Programme Officer to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity;
VII/10 para 10
Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
10.Decides to integrate the targets of the Strategy into the reporting framework for the third national reports; while reflecting the fact that the targets are a flexible framework within which national and/or regional targets may be developed, in line with paragraphs 3 and 4 of decision VI/9;
VII/11 para 5
Ecosystem approach
5.Welcomes the progress in developing the practical principles, operational guidance and associated instruments for sustainable use (the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines), which are based on the ecosystem approach as their overarching conceptual framework;
VII/11 para 9 1)
Ecosystem approach
(a)Undertake an analysis of the range of existing tools and approaches, that are consistent with the Convention’s ecosystem approach, but operate on different levels and belong to a variety of sectors/communities, and are applied in programmes of work of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in order to learn from their experiences and build upon their approaches, and identify any gaps in the coverage of such tools;
VII/11 para 9 3)
Ecosystem approach
(c)Continue collection of case-studies at national, sub-regional, regional and international level on the implementation of the ecosystem approach, and develop, in cooperation with the clearing-house mechanism, a database of case-studies, searchable by biome/ecoregion and sector;
VII/11 para 9 4)
Ecosystem approach
(d)Make the above widely available to Parties through the development of a web-based “sourcebook” for the ecosystem approach, accessible through the clearing-house mechanism. This sourcebook should be non-prescriptive and allow adaptation to differing regional, national and local needs.  It should be prepared in a language that is brief, non-technical and simple, ensuring its accessibility to practitioners working to implement the ecosystem approach on the ground. A supporting summary explanation of the ecosystem approach will also be prepared. It should be developed in collaboration with other relevant organizations, peer-reviewed and field tested as appropriate, and made available through the clearing-house mechanism, in hard copy and on CD-Rom, and periodically revised;
VII/11 para 11
Ecosystem approach
11.Requests that the Executive Secretary collaborate with the Coordinator and Head of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat and members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests in order to further integrate the concepts of ecosystem approach and sustainable forest management, in particular with respect to:(a)Considering lessons learnt from sustainable forest management particularly the application of tools such as the criteria and indicators as an outcomes oriented application of the ecosystem approach;(b)Considering, within sustainable forest management, placing greater emphasis on:(i)Better cross-sectoral integration and inter-sectoral collaboration; (ii)The interactions between forests and other biome/habitat types within a landscape; and (iii)Biodiversity conservation issues, in particular through continued development of criteria, indicators and forest management certification programmes (as relating to decision VI/22 on forest biodiversity), and including protected areas;
VII/11 para 12
Ecosystem approach
12.Requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with Parties and relevant international and regional organisations, to assess the implementation of the ecosystem approach in light of the experiences gained from the activities under paragraphs 8, 9 and 10 above for the consideration of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice prior to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/12 para 3
Sustainable Use (Article 10)
3. Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice, prior to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to explore the applicability of these principles and guidelines to agricultural biodiversity, in particular domesticated species, breeds and varieties, and make appropriate recommendations,
VII/12 para 5
Sustainable Use (Article 10)
5.Requests the Executive Secretary to undertake further work on issues pertaining to use of terms for sustainable use, adaptive management, monitoring and indicators building on the outcome of the Addis Ababa workshop, and in particular and in line with Article 7 of the Convention, to further consolidate the work on the use of terms and on associated instruments based on sections I D and II D together with appendix I of annex I to the report of the Addis Ababa Workshop (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/INF/8), for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties and, recalling decisions V/15 and V/24, requests the Executive Secretary to convene a series of technical experts workshops on ecosystem services assessment, financial costs and benefits associated with conservation of biodiversity, and sustainable use of biological resources, taking into account decision VII/12 on sustainable use;
VII/13 para 2
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
2.Welcomes the collaboration between the Convention on Biological Diversity and other conventions and organizations, in particular the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat and the International Plant Protection Convention, in developing mechanisms to address the threats posed by invasive alien species;
VII/13 para 3
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
3.Notes the adoption of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments under the International Maritime Organization, and recommends that Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other Governments consider ratifying this Convention;
VII/13 para 4 3)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(c)Further collaborate with relevant conventions including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
VII/13 para 4 5)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(e)Develop a joint work plan with the secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention;
VII/13 para 4 6)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(f)Establish closer linkages with the Office international des épizooties;
VII/13 para 5 1)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(a)Invites the World Trade Organization and its relevant bodies to give consideration to the risks from invasive alien species, in their deliberations;
VII/13 para 5 2)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(b)Requests the Executive Secretary to collaborate, whenever feasible and appropriate, with the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization in its training, capacity-building and information activities, with a view to raising awareness of the issues related to invasive alien species, and promoting enhanced cooperation on this issue;
VII/13 para 7 6)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(f)Transnational and national ex situ breeding projects with alien species as sources for intentional or unintentional introduction;
VII/13 para 9 1)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(a)Further clarify the gaps and inconsistencies in the international regulatory framework that are significantly hindering countries’ efforts to manage threats arising from the introduction, establishment and spread from invasive alien species, focusing this analysis on the known major pathways for the spread of invasive alien species, and taking into account past efforts of relevant organizations and initiatives that have considered the issue;
VII/13 para 9 2)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(b)Develop practical options on how to address these gaps and inconsistencies, where possible within the context of existing international frameworks including identifying, if appropriate, those gaps which should be addressed at the national level, in order to achieve the full and effective implementation of Article 8(h), taking into account the costs/benefits of options for addressing the gaps and inconsistencies and the need for appropriate capacity-building at the national and regional level, to support this work;
VII/13 para 9 3)
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
(c)Also, in the event that it identifies the potential need for standards or other measures, identify the appropriate standard-making authority, if any, or other appropriate options, so that the Conference of the Parties can consider referring the issue to the appropriate standard-making authority and/or any other course of action that it considers appropriate;
VII/13 para 10
Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
10.Welcomes the generous offer made by the Government of New Zealand to fund and host the ad hoc technical expert group referred to in paragraph 9 above;
VII/14 para 3 1)
Biological Diversity and tourism
(a)Develop a user’s manual, checklists and, on the basis of experience gained , including the contribution of indigenous and local communities, produce and make available a streamlined and user-friendly core set of improved voluntary guidelines;
VII/14 para 3 2)
Biological Diversity and tourism
(b)Prepare a glossary and definitions of terms used in the Guidelines;
VII/14 para 4
Biological Diversity and tourism
4.Aware that the Guidelines should recognize and shall respect the rights of indigenous and local communities, consistent with the provisions of the Convention;
VII/14 para 5
Biological Diversity and tourism
5. Recalls Article 8(j) of the Convention and related provisions and emphasizes that the Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development should be consistent with the Akwe: Kon Voluntary Guidelines for the Conduct of Cultural, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment regarding Developments Proposed to Take place on, or which Are Likely to Impact on, Sacred Sites and on Lands and Waters Traditionally Occupied or Used by Indigenous and Local Communities;
VII/15 para 3
Biodiversity and Climate Change
3.Invites the national focal points for the Convention on Biological Diversity to bring the report to the attention of their counterpart focal points for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and for other relevant agreements, in order to promote synergy at national level;
VII/15 para 4
Biodiversity and Climate Change
4.Notes with appreciation that the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has welcomed the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group and has encouraged Parties to the UNFCCC to make use of it for their national purposes as a relevant source of useful information for their national purposes;
VII/15 para 5
Biodiversity and Climate Change
5.Notes that the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands at its eighth meeting adopted resolution VIII/3 on climate change and wetlands, which, inter alia, called on relevant countries to take action to minimize the degradation as well as promote the restoration of those peatlands and other wetland types that are significant carbon stores or have the ability to sequester carbon and supports the request by the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to prepare a technical paper on the relationship between wetlands and climate change;
VII/15 para 6
Biodiversity and Climate Change
6. Welcomes the proposed assessment on peatlands biodiversity and climate change being undertaken by Wetlands International and the Global Environment Center with the support of UNEP GEF, the Government of Canada, the Netherlands and others and encourages the involvement of parties in this assessment and in preparations for the consideration of its findings by SBSTTA prior to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/15 para 7
Biodiversity and Climate Change
7.Notes also that there are opportunities to implement climate change mitigation and adaptation activities in ways that are mutually beneficial and synergistic, and that contribute simultaneously to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and other international agreements, all within broader national development objectives;
VII/15 para 8
Biodiversity and Climate Change
8.Further notes that the ecosystem approach provides a framework for the integrated management of land, water and living resources. Its application could facilitate the formulation of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that also contribute to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use at the national level;
VII/15 para 10
Biodiversity and Climate Change
10.Calls for where national circumstances allow case-studies on interlinkages between biodiversity and climate change following a common format developed by the joint liaison group;
VII/15 para 11
Biodiversity and Climate Change
11.Invites Parties, Governments, funding agencies, research bodies and other organizations to address the gaps identified in the Report in order to help to optimize biodiversity conservation and sustainable use within climate change adaptation projects, as well as mitigation projects addressing the adverse effects of human activities over the long term at the national, regional, and global levels;
VII/15 para 12
Biodiversity and Climate Change
12.Encourages Parties to take measures to manage ecosystems so as to maintain their resilience extreme climate events and to help mitigate and adapt to climate change;
VII/15 para 13
Biodiversity and Climate Change
13.Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, with the support of the Executive Secretary, to ensure that the results of the report on climate change and biodiversity prepared by the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group are incorporated into the ongoing work of the Convention on Biological Diversity, whenever appropriate, when the respective programmes of work are due for review according to the Multi Year Programme of Work of the Conference of the Parties (decision VII/31) and in particular, in the programmes of work on forest biodiversity, marine and coastal biodiversity, mountain biodiversity, inland water biodiversity, biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands, agricultural biodiversity, indicators, impact assessment, and incentive measures, without implying obligations on Parties additional to those under the Convention on Biological Diversity;
VII/15 para 14
Biodiversity and Climate Change
14.Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, as the next stage of its work on the interlinkages between biodiversity and climate change to develop, for the consideration of the Conference of the Parties, advice or guidance for promoting synergy among activities to address climate change at the national, regional and international level where appropriate, including activities to combat desertification and land degradation, and activities for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity;
VII/15 para 16
Biodiversity and Climate Change
16.Invites the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, inter alia through its Fourth Assessment Report, to continue its work on the relationship between climate change and biodiversity including the detection and attribution to climate change of observed biodiversity losses, taking into account the target adopted by decision VI/26 of the Conference of the Parties to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national levels;
VII/15 para 17
Biodiversity and Climate Change
17.Further invites the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment to collaborate with the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice on the use of scenarios addressing biodiversity changes in relation to climate change;
VII/15 para 19
Biodiversity and Climate Change
19.Notes that the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group has been transmitted to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and through the Secretariat to its bodies, and requests the Executive Secretary to transmit the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group also to the secretariats of the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Ramsar Convention, the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Convention on Migratory Species, the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility, and the United Nations Forum on Forests, the World Heritage Convention and the Man and the Biosphere programme of UNESCO, as well as relevant organizations and bodies including, inter alia, other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, IUCN, and the World Wide Fund for Nature;
VII/15 para 20
Biodiversity and Climate Change
20.Further requests the Executive Secretary, in preparation for the next stage of the work on climate change and biodiversity by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, gather in collaboration with, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and other relevant organizations, within their given mandates, relevant material for promoting synergy between climate-change mitigation and adaptation activities and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, drawing upon: (a)Case-studies, contributed by Parties and others, illustrating the potential of biodiversity both to mitigate and adapt to global climate change, and lessons from these experiences, including lessons learned from extreme climate events; (b)Existing relevant tools, approaches and processes for designing projects, and evaluating their economic, environmental and social implications, related to mitigating or adapting to climate change within the broader context of sustainable development both at the national and regional level.
VII/16
Article 8(j) and related provisions
Decides that one meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, financed from the core (BY) budget, be organized prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in order to ensure further advancement of the implementation of the work programme on Article 8(j) and related provisions.
VII/16 B para 1
Article 8(j) and related provisions
1.Notes the progress made in the integration of the relevant tasks of the programme of work in the thematic programmes of the Convention;
VII/16 B para 2
Article 8(j) and related provisions
2.Requests the Executive Secretary to prepare a progress report on the integration of the relevant tasks of the programme of work on Article 8(j) into each of the thematic areas for the consideration of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions at its fourth meeting.
VII/16 C para 1
Article 8(j) and related provisions
1.Notes the progress made in the implementation of the priority tasks of the programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions;
VII/16 C para 2
Article 8(j) and related provisions
2.Urges Parties, where they have not already done so, to include information in their national reports on the status and trends in relation to knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and on progress made in the implementation of the priority tasks of the programme of work at the international, national, subnational and local levels;
VII/16 C para 3
Article 8(j) and related provisions
3.Requests the Executive Secretary to prepare a report on progress on the implementation of the programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions based on information submitted in national reports, and other relevant information, for the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions.
VII/16 E para 2
Article 8(j) and related provisions
2.Decides to undertake further activities to complete phase one of the composite report by the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions,
VII/16 E para 3
Article 8(j) and related provisions
3.Urges Parties, Governments, relevant organizations, indigenous and local communities and all relevant stakeholders to provide information, through the clearing-house mechanism of the Convention and other feasible means/media, to the Executive Secretary to support the completion of phase one of the composite report,
VII/16 E para 4 1)
Article 8(j) and related provisions
(a)Organization of regional workshops;
VII/16 E para 4 2)
Article 8(j) and related provisions
(b)Gathering at national level and inclusion in phase I of the report of additional information in particular on:(i)Assessment, particularly by indigenous and local communities, of the success of measures and initiatives to support the retention and use of knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, including the advantages and limitations of registers as a measure to protect traditional knowledge, innovations and practices, as well as approaches used for the implementation of registers, and of incentives and disincentives for the retention and use of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity;(ii)Examples of measures to protect traditional knowledge, innovations and practices;(iii)Recent field studies undertaken with the full involvement of indigenous and local communities which demonstrate the state of knowledge, innovations and practices;
VII/16 E para 4 3)
Article 8(j) and related provisions
(c)Preparation of a regional report focusing on the Arctic region;
VII/16 E para 4 4)
Article 8(j) and related provisions
(d)Action on decision VI/10, annex I, paragraph 28 (b), to create an advisory group/steering committee in which indigenous and local communities will be represented to assist in the completion of the report and undertake a peer review of the revised version, in consultation with indigenous peoples and local community organizations that have participated in the work on the Convention.
VII/16 E para 5
Article 8(j) and related provisions
5.Requests the Executive Secretary, through the national focal points in consultation with and after approval of indigenous and local communities and in consultation with and with input from Parties, Governments, relevant organizations, indigenous and local communities and all relevant stakeholders as appropriate, to immediately start work on a second phase of the composite report, laying emphasis on sections 4 and 5 of the outline of the composite report, foreseeing respectively the identification of national processes that may threaten the maintenance, preservation and application of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices and the identification of processes at the local community level that may threaten the maintenance, preservation and application of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices (decision VI/10, annex I);
VII/16 E para 6
Article 8(j) and related provisions
6.Encourages Parties, Governments and competent organizations to support the efforts of indigenous and local communities to undertake field studies to determine the status, trends and threats related to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, with the full involvement and approval of these communities. In undertaking these studies, the general principles of the programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions should be respected and followed, as should paragraph 28 (d) of annex I to decision VI/10, which states that codes of ethics/guidelines which entail permission and/or consent of indigenous and local communities to enter the communities and conduct the research, will be respected and followed;
VII/16 E para 7
Article 8(j) and related provisions
7.Urges Parties, Governments and relevant organizations to provide financial assistance for the completion of phase one and activities under phase two of the preparation of the composite report, in particular in order to support the full involvement and participation of indigenous and local communities in this work;
VII/16 H para 8
Article 8(j) and related provisions
8. Requests the Executive Secretary, with the cooperation of Parties, indigenous and local communities and relevant international organizations, to collect information on the role of databases and registers in the protection of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity;
VII/17 para 1
Liability and redress (Article 14, paragraph 2)
1.Renews its request to the Executive Secretary contained in its decision VI/11, paragraph 1, to convene a group of legal and technical experts to discharge the mandate specified in that decision;
VII/17 para 2
Liability and redress (Article 14, paragraph 2)
2.Requests the Executive Secretary to update the documentation prepared pursuant to decision VI/11, paragraph 2, and to make it available prior to convening the group of legal and technical experts;
VII/17 para 3
Liability and redress (Article 14, paragraph 2)
3.Urges Parties and Governments to make the necessary voluntary financial contributions to facilitate the convening of the group of legal and technical experts.
VII/18 para 3
Incentive Measures (Article 11)
3.Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its tenth meeting, as a matter of priority, to further refine and consider, with a view to recommending adoption by the Conference of the Parties, the proposals for the application of ways and means to remove or mitigate perverse incentives, giving adequate time for a substantive and conclusive review of the proposals;
VII/18 para 6
Incentive Measures (Article 11)
6.Invites Parties, Governments and relevant organizations to submit any information on the removal or mitigation of perverse incentives, including case-studies and best-practices on the application of ways and means as well as any experiences with the application of the proposals, to the Executive Secretary; and requests the Executive Secretary to provide a report thereon to the tenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, to assist in the further consideration of the proposals,
VII/18 para 8
Incentive Measures (Article 11)
8.Invites Parties, Governments and international organizations to submit case-studies, best practices and other information on the use of non-monetary positive incentive measures for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as an initial step in the ongoing examination of incentive measures, including traditional laws and practices which generate positive incentives, and on the application of methodologies for the assessment of values of biodiversity and its functions, as well as other tools for prioritization in decision-making, to the Executive Secretary;
VII/18 para 9
Incentive Measures (Article 11)
9.Requests the Executive Secretary to make this information available through the clearing-house mechanism and other means, if appropriate, and to prepare a synthesis report for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at a meeting prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/18 para 10
Incentive Measures (Article 11)
10.Urges Parties, Governments and relevant funding agencies to target and prioritize funding to support the preparation and compilation of case-studies and best practices contemplated in paragraph 8;
VII/18 para 11
Incentive Measures (Article 11)
11.Requests the Executive Secretary to prepare, in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and other  relevant international organizations, an analysis of existing and new instruments that provide positive incentives, including traditional laws and practices which generate positive incentives,  their interaction with other policy measures and their effectiveness, including their requirements for successful application, possible limitations and shortcomings, and to develop proposals on the application of such positive incentive measures and their integration into relevant policies, programmes or strategies, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at a meeting prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/18 para 12
Incentive Measures (Article 11)
12.Requests the Executive Secretary to explore, in cooperation with the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and relevant international organizations, existing methodologies for valuation of biodiversity and biodiversity resources and functions, as well as other tools for prioritization in decision-making, by preparing a compilation of existing valuation tools that provides an overview of the discussion on their methodological status, if appropriate, as well as an assessment of their applicability in terms of effectiveness and capacity preconditions, and to prepare proposals for the application of such tools. These proposals should include the identification of options to strengthen international collaborative partnerships for assessing biodiversity values, especially for the refinement and advancement of valuation tools, and shall be submitted to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice for its consideration at a meeting prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
VII/19 B para 1
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
1.Invites Parties, Governments, relevant organizations, indigenous and local communities, and all relevant stakeholders, according to a format provided by the Secretariat, to submit to the Executive Secretary:(a)Information on existing national definitions or other relevant definitions of the following terms: access to genetic resources, benefit sharing, commercialization, derivatives, provider, user, stakeholder, ex situ collection, and voluntary nature (as contained in annex II of document UNEP/CBD/COP/6/INF/4);(b)Views on whether additional terms need to be considered, such as arbitrary restrictions;
VII/19 B para 2
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
2.Requests access and benefit-sharing national focal points within Governments to facilitate the process of gathering and submitting relevant information to the Secretariat, taking into account the need to consult widely, including with indigenous and local communities;
VII/19 B para 3
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
3.Requests the Executive Secretary to gather and compile the information referred to above and distribute this information through available means, including through the clearing-house mechanism of the Convention;
VII/19 B para 4
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
4.Requests the Executive Secretary to submit this compilation to the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for its consideration and requests the Working Group to further examine the issue of use of terms not defined in the Convention including the possible establishment of an expert group to determine the need for definitions or a glossary, and to report back to the Conference of the Parties.
VII/19 C para 1
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
1.Invites Parties, Governments, relevant organizations, indigenous and local communities and all relevant stakeholders, to submit to the Secretariat their views and relevant information on additional approaches as well as regional, national and local experiences on existing approaches, including on codes of ethics;
VII/19 C para 2
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
2.Requests the Executive Secretary to further compile information on existing complementary measures and approaches, and experiences with their implementation, and to disseminate such information to Parties, Governments, relevant organizations, indigenous and local communities and all relevant stakeholders through, inter alia, the clearing-house mechanisms of the Convention;
VII/19 C para 3
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
3.Requests the Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing to further consider the issue of additional approaches, in a cost effective way at an appropriate time, and, to this end, requests the Executive Secretary to prepare a report on the basis of the submissions received.
VII/19 D para 1
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
1. Decides to mandate the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing with the collaboration of the Ad Hoc Open ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, ensuring the participation of indigenous and local communities, non-governmental organizations, industry and scientific and academic institutions, as well as intergovernmental organizations, to elaborate and negotiate an international regime on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing with the aim of adopting an  instrument\instruments to effectively implement the provisions in Article 15 and Article 8(j) of the Convention and the three objectives of the Convention;
VII/19 D para 4
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
4.Requests the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on ABS to report on progress to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting;
VII/19 D para 5
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
5.Invites the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, to cooperate with the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing in elaborating the international regime;
VII/19 D para 6
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
6.Encourages Parties, Governments, international organizations and all relevant stakeholders to provide the ways and means to allow for sufficient preparation and to facilitate effective participation of indigenous and local communities in the process of the negotiation and elaboration of an international regime;
VII/19 D para 7
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
7.Recommends the promotion of the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non governmental organizations and the private sector, and indigenous and local communities;
VII/19 D para 8
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
8.Invites Parties, Governments, international organisations, indigenous and local communities and all relevant stakeholders, to submit to the Executive Secretary their views, information and analysis on the elements of the international regime as soon as possible;
VII/19 D para 9
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
9.Requests the Executive Secretary to compile the submissions received and to make them available through the clearing-house mechanism and other means for the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing.
VII/19 E para 6
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
6.Requests the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing to address issues related to an international certificate of origin/source/legal provenance, taking into account multilateral approaches to access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, including issues such as feasibility, practicality and costs;
VII/19 E para 7
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
7.Requests the Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing to identify issues related to the disclosure of origin of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in applications for intellectual property rights, including those raised by a proposed international certificate of origin/source/legal provenance, and transmit the results of this examination to the World Intellectual Property Organization and other relevant forums;
VII/19 E para 9
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
9. Invites the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and other relevant international organisations to examine the issues in, and related to, the matters specified in paragraphs 7 and 8 in a manner supportive of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity and prepare a report for submission to the on-going process of the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity on access and benefit sharing;
VII/19 E para 10 1)
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
(a)Specific measures to support and ensure compliance with national legislation, prior informed consent of the Contracting Parties providing such resources, including countries of origin, in accordance with Article 2 and Article 15, paragraph 3, of the Convention, and of the indigenous and local communities providing associated traditional knowledge, and with mutually agreed terms on which access was granted;
VII/19 E para 10 2)
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
(b)Existing measures to support compliance with national, regional, and international legal instruments;
VII/19 E para 10 3)
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
(c)The extent and level of unauthorized access and misappropriation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge;
VII/19 E para 10 4)
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
(d)Access and benefit-sharing arrangements existing in specific sectors;
VII/19 E para 10 5)
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
(e)Administrative and judicial remedies available in countries with users under their jurisdiction and in international agreements regarding non-compliance with the prior informed consent requirements and mutually agreed terms;
VII/19 E para 10 6)
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
(f)Existing practices and trends with regard to commercial and other utilization of genetic resources and the generation of benefits;
VII/19 E para 10 7)
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
(g)Measures that preserve and promote legal certainty for users over the terms and conditions of access and use;
VII/19 E para 11
Access and benefit-sharing as related to genetic resources (Article 15)
11. Requests the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing to analyse the compilation prepared by the Executive Secretary in accordance with the preceding paragraph, and recommend to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting further measures to support and ensure compliance with prior informed consent of the Contracting Parties providing such resources, including countries of origin, in accordance with Article 2 and Article 15, paragraph 3, of the Convention, and of the indigenous and local communities providing associated traditional knowledge, and with mutually agreed terms on which access was granted.
VII/21 para 1
Additional financial resources
1.Urges Parties and Governments, international and regional financial institutions and development agencies, as well as other donors, to take timely actions to ensure the effective implementation of the programme of work as well as the Strategic Plan of the Convention and associated targets;
VII/21 para 2
Additional financial resources
2.Stresses the importance of implementing paragraph 7 of decision VI/16 in which Parties and Governments are invited to share their experience on developing and implementing financial measures for supporting national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and encourages the Executive Secretary to compile and disseminate such information as available;
VII/21 para 4
Additional financial resources
4.Notes with appreciation the publication “Aid activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions 1998-2000” released by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and invites the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to provide information on financial flow statistics relating to the objectives of the Convention to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting;
VII/21 para 5
Additional financial resources
5.Invites Parties and Governments, funding institutions and development agencies, as well as other donors, which have not done so, to make their funded biodiversity-related projects publicly available on their respective websites and to notify the Executive Secretary of the list of such projects;
VII/21 para 6
Additional financial resources
6.Requests the Executive Secretary to continue the efforts to compile and disseminate biodiversity-related funding information, in order to monitor funding status, identify gaps in funding activities and develop options;
VII/21 para 7
Additional financial resources
7.Invites Parties and Governments to enhance the integration of biological diversity into their sectoral development and assistance programmes;
VII/21 para 8
Additional financial resources
8.Invites Parties and Governments to develop and encourage biodiversity-related partnership arrangements with and among funding institutions and other stakeholders, including with banking and business sectors, in order to promote, inter alia, the development and implementation of initiatives such as the Global Initiative on Banking, Business and Biodiversity, in support of the achievement of the objectives of the Convention and agreed global targets;
VII/21 para 9
Additional financial resources
9.Encourages Parties and Governments, international and regional financial institutions and development agencies, as well as other donors, to further explore opportunities to utilize various initiatives including debt-relief instruments to promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
VII/22 para 1
Arrangements for the third review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism
1.Decides to adopt the annex to the present decision, containing the objectives, methodology and criteria as well as procedures for the third review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism to be conducted in time for the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/22 para 2
Arrangements for the third review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism
2.Decides also that this third review should be conducted by an independent evaluator and under the authority of the Conference of the Parties and take fully into account reports of the Global Environment Facility with respect to operations of the financial mechanism;
VII/22 para 3
Arrangements for the third review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism
3.Decides further that, based on the results of the review, the Conference of the Parties shall take appropriate action to improve the effectiveness of the mechanism if necessary.
VII/23 A para 1
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
1.Decides to extend the mandate of the informal advisory committee, as constituted and coordinated by the Executive Secretary, and as defined by its operational guidelines;
VII/23 A para 2
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
2.Also decides to review the continuation and mandate of the informal advisory committee at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/23 A para 3 1)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(a)Use the clearing-house mechanism toolkit to establish clearing-house mechanism national focal points and websites, if they have not done so already;
VII/23 A para 3 2)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(b)Contribute resources for the translation and maintenance in the six official languages of the United Nations of the content of the website of the Secretariat for the Convention and of the clearing-house mechanism toolkit;
VII/23 A para 3 3)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(c)Use the controlled vocabulary for the Convention on Biological Diversity to facilitate interoperability of information among national clearing-house mechanisms;
VII/23 A para 4
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
4.Invites developed country Parties to assist developing countries Parties, through the clearing-house mechanism, in their efforts to implement and use new information technologies, including the establishment of websites;
VII/23 A para 5
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
5.Invites Parties to develop regional clearing-house mechanisms to further promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation and the exchange of information on technology transfer at the regional and national levels;
VII/23 A para 6
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
6.Requests the Executive Secretary to use the clearing-house mechanism, in collaboration with the informal advisory committee, to continue to strengthen collaboration with international partners and organizations for review at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties and to report on that collaboration, including an elaboration of the relative roles of the clearing-house mechanism and information facilities dealing in particular with taxonomic databases including, IABIN (Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network) hubs, BioNet LOOPs (Locally Owned and Operated Partnerships), NatureServe CDCs (Centres for Data Conservation), nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and Species 2000 and the Integrated Taxonomic Information System’s Catalogue of Life;
VII/23 A para 7 1)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(a)Update the strategic plan of the clearing-house mechanism to 2009, in collaboration with the informal advisory committee, for consideration by the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/23 A para 7 2)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(b)Convene, subject to the availability of financial resources, regional workshops as a catalysing mechanism to allow for the interaction of international thematic focal points with the national focal points to further enhance the scientific and technical cooperation goal of the clearing-house mechanism and to build capacities at the national level with regard to use of and access to new information technologies;
VII/23 A para 7 3)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(c)Update the clearing-house mechanism toolkit to be used as a meta-toolkit, linking the different existing toolkits with a view to optimize their resources and assist users to choose the most appropriate technology;
VII/23 A para 7 4)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(d)Examine ways to develop regional portals to visualize and exchange national and regional cartographic information (geographic information systems and remote-sensing) from all thematic areas (including maps, satellite images and datasets);
VII/23 A para 7 5)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(e)Advise on ways the clearing-house mechanism can assist to make relevant information interoperable among the three Rio conventions for review at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/23 A para 7 6)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(f)Develop an Internet-based web portal on island biological diversity to integrate, into the existing clearing-house mechanism, information on relevant programmes or initiatives such as the Small Island Developing States Network (SIDsnet), the Coastal Regions and Small Islands - UNESCO, the Small Islands Voice and the small island developing states activities programme of the United Nations Environment Programme;
VII/23 A para 7 7)
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
(g)Further enhance the sections on the Convention’s website related to the programme areas and cross-cutting issues, by applying the lessons learned from the development of the Biosafety Clearing-House, especially its use of common formats, protocols and standards, to increase interoperability of data and information;
VII/23 A para 8
Scientific and technical cooperation and the clearing-house mechanism
8.Calls on the Informal Advisory Committee to assess the results of the independent review of the clearing-house mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/INF/12) and assist the Executive Secretary on measures and actions to be undertaken to strengthen the clearing-house mechanism’s role in promoting technical and scientific cooperation, including its role in facilitating the transfer of technology and know-how and capacity-building to support implementation of the Convention at the national level.
VII/24 para 1
Education and public awareness (article 13)
1.Welcomes the efforts of the Executive Secretary and progress achieved in the implementation of the Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness, taking into consideration the limited financial resources available for these efforts;
VII/24 para 2
Education and public awareness (article 13)
2.Welcomes the report of the fourth meeting of the Consultative Working Group of Experts on Biological Diversity Education and Public Awareness and the proposals contained therein for further implementation of communication, education and public awareness which are attached as an annex to the report of the meeting;
VII/24 para 3
Education and public awareness (article 13)
3.Invites Parties to take into consideration the need to communicate the various elements of the 2010 biodiversity target and to establish appropriate linkages to the Decade on Education for Sustainable Development in the implementation of their respective national CEPA programmes and activities;
VII/24 para 4 3)
Education and public awareness (article 13)
(c)Report to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting on progress in the implementation of the identified priority activities in the CEPA programme of work;
VII/24 para 7
Education and public awareness (article 13)
7.Requests Parties to contribute and make available financial support towards the cost of the production of the second edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook report for release in May 2005;
VII/24 para 8
Education and public awareness (article 13)
8.Requests the Executive Secretary, subject to availability of funding, to publish the third edition of the Handbook on the Convention on Biological Diversity, including the decisions of the Conference of the Parties up to its seventh meeting, in the United Nations languages.
VII/25 A para 1
National reporting
1. Takes note of the analysis of the information contained in the second national reports as contained in the relevant documents prepared by the Executive Secretary for the consideration of the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/17/Add.3 and UNEP/CBD/COP/7/INF/2);
VII/25 A para 4
National reporting
4. Encourages Parties, Governments, relevant bilateral, regional and multilateral organizations to collaborate to strengthen the various capacities of Parties, particularly developing country Parties and countries with economies in transition, to prepare their future national and thematic reports;
VII/25 A para 7
National reporting
7. Requests the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and other bodies established under the Convention to take into account, where appropriate, the conclusions drawn from the analysis of the second national reports when addressing relevant programmes of work, cross-cutting and other issues under the Convention.
VII/25 B para 1
National reporting
1.Endorses the format for the third national report, as contained in the annex to the note by the Executive Secretary on guidelines for the third national report (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/17/Add.2), as amended, with respect to the questionnaire on forest biological diversity, by annexes I and II of the note by the Executive Secretary on proposals for the review of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/17/Add.7);
VII/25 B para 2
National reporting
2.Requests the Executive Secretary to further develop this format to incorporate the views expressed by Parties and further questions arising from the decisions of its seventh meeting and to make the revised format available to Parties no later than July 2004;
VII/25 B para 3
National reporting
3.Further requests the Executive Secretary to revise the existing national reporting formats to make them more concise and better targeted to reduce the reporting burden placed on Parties, and to better contribute to the assessment of progress towards achieving the mission of the Strategic Plan and the 2010 target, and the identification of obstacles to implementation.  The revision of the reporting formats should address the matters in decision VI/25, paragraph 3, and:(a)The need to include reporting on all the four goals of the Strategic Plan;(b)The need to allow Parties to incorporate the results of indicators (where available) to enable Parties to provide a more comprehensive assessment of progress;(c)The need to include available factual data on the outcomes and impacts of measures taken to achieve the objectives of the Convention (including status and trends of biodiversity);
VII/25 B para 4
National reporting
4.Invites Parties to promote wide stakeholder involvement, as well as that of indigenous and local communities, in the preparation of national reports, or in related processes that will inform national-report preparation, to ensure a more accurate and comprehensive reflection of the views and priorities of national stakeholders;
VII/25 B para 8
National reporting
8.Requests Parties to submit their third national reports:(a)By 15 May 2005;(b)In an official language of the United Nations;(c)In both hard copy and electronic format;
VII/25 B para 9
National reporting
9.Further requests the Executive Secretary to prepare an analysis of the information contained in the third national reports for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting, and make it available through the clearing-house mechanism;
VII/26 para 4
Cooperation with other conventions and international organizations and initiatives
4.Requests the Executive Secretary to renew his applications for observer status in relevant bodies of the World Trade Organization, in particular, in the Council on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs Council);
VII/26 para 5
Cooperation with other conventions and international organizations and initiatives
5.Requests the Executive Secretary to inform the Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, on ongoing work to establish ways of enhancing cooperation between the major biodiversity-related organizations and secretariats;
VII/27 para 3
Mountain biological diversity
3.Invites Parties to identify priority actions among the actions recommended in the programme of work depending on the particular national or local conditions and urges Parties to incorporate them into their national biodiversity strategies and action plans, as well as national programmes and activities on the implementation of regional mountain conventions and initiatives, and implement them taking into account the ecosystem approach so as to contribute to the significant reduction of the rate of mountain biological diversity loss by 2010 and as a contribution to poverty reduction and to the benefit of indigenous and local communities dependent on mountains;
VII/27 para 4
Mountain biological diversity
4.Encourages Parties, other Governments and organizations to ensure cross referencing to, and coherence with, the other thematic and cross-cutting programmes of work, including technology transfer, while implementing this programme of work;
VII/27 para 5
Mountain biological diversity
5.Invites Parties to adopt outcome-oriented targets for mountain biodiversity, taking into account the Strategic Plan of the Convention, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Millennium Development Goals and in conjunction with actions 2.1.5 and 3.2.2 of this programme of work;
VII/27 para 8
Mountain biological diversity
8.Invites Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations to report on implementation of this decision and those parts of the programme of work, which are identified as priorities under national and local conditions pursuant to paragraphs 3 and 5 through, inter alia, their reports submitted to the Conference of the Parties;
VII/27 para 9
Mountain biological diversity
9. Requests Parties that have not yet done so to submit their thematic reports;
VII/27 para 10 1)
Mountain biological diversity
(a)Develop, in collaboration with Parties and relevant organizations, proposals on a small number of global outcome-oriented targets, timeframes in relation to the 2010 target, ways and means for implementation, and indicators at the regional, national and local levels for consideration at a meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/27 para 10 2)
Mountain biological diversity
(b)Compile information received from Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations and bodies, on the implementation of the programme of work, and analyse progress made towards the achievement of a significant reduction in the rate of mountain biodiversity loss by 2010;
VII/27 para 10 3)
Mountain biological diversity
(c)Assist the Parties in implementing the programme of work through, inter alia, the supporting activities defined in the programme of work, and the development, in collaboration with relevant organizations, of proposals for global and, where appropriate, regional targets or expected measurable outputs with timeframes and main actors; and
VII/27 para 10 6)
Mountain biological diversity
(f)With the assistance of the Global Taxonomy Initiative Co-ordination Mechanism to develop and incorporate activities and targets appropriate to mountain ecosystems within the GTI programme of work for consideration at SBSTTA-11, taking into account the COP-7 decision on targets.
VII/28 para 2
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
2.Welcomes the joint NGO statement and joint NGO commitment on protected areas made at the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties by international non-governmental organizations to support the implementation of a strong programme of work on protected areas under the CBD and looks forward to receiving information on the progress made with respect to their pledge;
VII/28 para 3
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
3. Also welcomes the outputs of the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress, in particular the message from the Congress to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and its contribution to the programme of work on protected areas;
VII/28 para 10
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
10.Calls Parties to estimate the cost to implement the necessary activities to meet the targets of the programme of work, review the effectiveness in using existing financial resources and identify the unmet costs and report back to COP8;
VII/28 para 14
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
14.Welcomes the work carried out by SBSTTA on documents on status and trends of, and threats to, protected areas prepared by the Executive Secretary (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/5);
VII/28 para 16
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
16.Recognizes that, while the number and extent of protected areas has been increasing in the past decades, so that around 11 per cent of the world’s land surface is currently in protected status, existing systems of protected areas are neither representative of the world’s ecosystems, nor do they adequately address conservation of critical habitat types, biomes and threatened species, and, with marine areas particularly under-represented actions need to be taken to fill these gaps;
VII/28 para 24
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
24. Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to provide scientific and technical advice on the implementation of the programme of work. This work should draw inter alia upon the input of Parties and other Governments, the work of relevant United Nations organizations and conventions, the work of the IUCN - World Commission on Protected Areas, the outcomes of the Fifth IUCN World Congress on Protected Areas, and the work of relevant indigenous and local communities, and non-governmental organizations;
VII/28 para 25
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
25.Decides to establish an ad hoc open ended working group on protected areas to support and review implementation of the programme of work and report to the Conference of the Parties;
VII/28 para 26
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
26.Requests the Executive Secretary to make arrangements to hold at least one meeting of the ad hoc open ended working group on protected areas before COP8 subject to the availability of the necessary voluntary contributions
VII/28 para 28
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
28.Decides to assess at each meeting of the Conference of the Parties until 2010, progress in the implementation of the programme of work, and to determine the need for more effective measures and additional financial and technical support; to reach the 2010 target;
VII/28 para 29
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
29.Suggests the following tasks need to be undertaken by the ad hoc open ended working group(a)To explore options for cooperation for the establishment of marine protected areas in marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, consistent with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and based on scientific information; (b)To explore options for mobilizing as a matter of urgency through different mechanisms adequate and timely financial resources for the implementation of the programme of work by developing countries, particularly in the least developed and the small island developing States amongst them, countries with economies in transition, in accordance with Article 20 of the Convention, with special emphasis on those elements of the programme of work requiring early action;(c)To contribute to the further development of “tool kits” for the identification, designation, management, monitoring and evaluation of national and regional systems of protected areas, including ecological networks, ecological corridors, buffer zones, with special regard to indigenous and local communities and stakeholder involvement and benefit sharing mechanisms;(d)To consider reports from the Parties, academia, and scientific organizations, civil society and others on progress in the implementation of the programme of work on protected areas, compiled by the Executive Secretary;  (e)To recommend to COP ways and means to improve implementation of the programme of work on protected areas;
VII/28 para 30
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
30.Urges Parties and invites other Governments, and relevant organizations to report to the Executive Secretary on implementation of this decision and the programme of work prior to each meeting of the Conference of the Parties until 2010;
VII/28 para 35 1)
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
(a)Compile information received from Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations and bodies on the implementation of the programme of work, and transmit this information to the ad hoc open ended working group;
VII/28 para 35 2)
Protected areas (Articles 8 (a) to (e))
(b)Establish in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas a roster of experts to help respond to requests by Parties for assistance in implementing the programme of work on protected areas and to draw on experts from this roster, at the request of countries, to assist in the implementation of the programme of work;
VII/29 para 6 1)
Transfer of technology and technology cooperation (Articles 16 to 19)
(a)Provide advice on the development of proposals on the possible role of the clearing-house mechanism as a central mechanism for exchange of information on technologies, as a core element in its role to facilitate scientific and technical cooperation, and for facilitating technology transfer and cooperation and to promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and for technologies that make use of genetic resources and do not cause significant damage to the environment;
VII/29 para 6 2)
Transfer of technology and technology cooperation (Articles 16 to 19)
(b)Develop guidance for implementation by national clearing-house mechanism nodes for common or similar frameworks for identifying the availability of relevant technologies to enhance international cooperation and to facilitate the interoperability with relevant existing systems of national and international information exchange, including technology and patent databases;
VII/29 para 6 3)
Transfer of technology and technology cooperation (Articles 16 to 19)
(c)Assist in the implementation of proposals for enhancing the clearing-house mechanism as a central mechanism for exchange of information on technologies, as a core element in its role to promote and facilitate scientific and technical cooperation, and for facilitating and promoting technology transfer and cooperation and for the promotion of technical and scientific cooperation as adopted by the Conference of the Parties;
VII/29 para 7
Transfer of technology and technology cooperation (Articles 16 to 19)
7.Requests the Executive Secretary to establish an expert group on technology transfer and scientific and technical cooperation, balanced regionally as well as in respect to expertise, which shall assist the Executive Secretary, through electronic consultations and long-distance communications as well as through meetings in conjunction with the informal advisory committee of the clearing-house mechanism, in the:(a)Preparation of proposals on options to apply institutional, administrative, legislative and policy measures and mechanisms, including best practices, as well as to overcome barriers, to facilitate access to and adaptation of technologies on the public domain and to proprietary technologies by developing countries and countries with economies in transition; and in particular, on measures and mechanisms that:(i)Foster an enabling environment in developing and developed countries for cooperation as well as the transfer, adaptation and diffusion of relevant technologies;(ii)Provide, in accordance with existing international obligations, incentives to private-sector actors as well as public research institutions in developed country Parties, to encourage cooperation and transfer of technologies to developing countries, through, e.g., technology transfer programmes or joint-ventures;(iii)Promote and advance priority access for Parties to the results and benefits arising from technologies based upon genetic resources provided by those Parties, in accordance with Article19, paragraph 2 of the Convention, and to promote the effective participation in related technological research by those Parties;(iv)Promote innovative approaches and means of technology transfer and cooperation such as Type 2 partnerships,  in accordance with the outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, or transfers among actors, involving in particular the private sector and civil society organizations;(b)Exploration of possibilities and mechanisms of cooperation with processes in other Conventions and international organizations, such as the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT);
VII/29 para 12
Transfer of technology and technology cooperation (Articles 16 to 19)
12.Agrees that the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting will, under the agenda item “refining mechanisms to support implementation”, review the results of the work referred to the previous paragraph, and will identify generic approaches for broadening the practical scientific and technical support for the implementation of the Convention;
VII/30 para 1
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
1.Decides to develop a framework to enhance the evaluation of achievements and progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan and, in particular, its mission, to achieve a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss at global, regional and national levels.  The framework includes the following focal areas:(a)Reducing the rate of loss of the components of biodiversity, including:  (i) biomes, habitats and ecosystems; (ii) species and populations; and (iii) genetic diversity;(b)Promoting sustainable use of biodiversity; (c)Addressing the major threats to biodiversity, including those arising from invasive alien species, climate change, pollution, and habitat change;(d)Maintaining ecosystem integrity, and the provision of goods and services provided by biodiversity in ecosystems, in support of human well-being; (e)Protecting traditional knowledge, innovations and practices;(f)Ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of genetic resources; and(g)Mobilizing financial and technical resources, especially for developing countries, in particular least developed countries and small island developing States among them, and countries with economies in transition, for implementing the Convention and the Strategic Plan;Goals and sub-targets will be established, and indicators identified, for each of the focal areas. The goals and sub-targets will complement the existing goals of the Strategic Plan;
VII/30 para 2
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
2.For the purposes of assessing progress towards the target to achieve by 2010, a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss, defines biodiversity loss as the long-term or permanent qualitative or quantitative reduction in components of biodiversity and their potential to provide goods and services, to be measured at global, regional and national levels;
VII/30 para 3
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
3. In order to assess progress at the global level towards the 2010 target, and to communicate effectively trends in biodiversity related to the three objectives of the Convention, agrees that a limited number of trial indicators, for which data are available from existing sources, be developed and used in reporting, inter alia, through the Global Biodiversity Outlook.  A balanced set of indicators should be identified or developed, according to the principles for choosing indicators identified by the Expert Group on Indicators and Monitoring (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/10) referred to in decision VII/8, on monitoring and indicators, to assess and communicate trends in the focal areas listed in paragraph 1.  The global application of those indicators as well as the assessment of the progress towards the 2010 target should not be used to evaluate the level of implementation of the Convention in individual Parties or regions.  As far as is feasible, the indicators should be identified or developed in such as way that: (a)The same indicators may be used at the global, regional, national and local levels as tools for the implementation of the Convention and of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, where so desired by Parties;(b)The indicators relate to one or more of the various Programmes of Work of the Convention; (c)The indicators should take into consideration relevant Millennium Development Goals and indicators developed by other relevant international processes; and(d)Existing data sets are used.Full use should be made of the report of the London meeting (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/INF/9), and the notes by the Executive Secretary: on proposed biodiversity indicators relevant to the 2010 target  (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/INF/26); on using existing processes as building blocks in reporting on the 2010 target (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/INF/27), on proposed global indicators (UNEP/CBD/COP/7/INF/33), and on monitoring and indicators (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/10);
VII/30 para 4
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
4. Agrees that the indicators to be tested, identified or developed, are listed in annex I to the present decision.  Indicators for immediate testing are listed in column B of annex I; indicators requiring further development are listed in column C of annex I;
VII/30 para 5
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
5.Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its tenth or eleventh meetings to evaluate information on the changes in trends and status of biodiversity, particularly the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global level inter alia by reviewing a draft of the Second Global Biodiversity Outlook;
VII/30 para 6
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
6.Requests the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its tenth or eleventh meetings, with the assistance of an ad hoc technical expert group, subject to the availability of the necessary voluntary contributions  to:(a)Review the use of the indicators listed in annex I, column B, to the present decisions, inter alia, by reviewing a draft of the second Global Biodiversity Outlook;(b)Identify or develop indicators listed in annex I, column C, to the present decision, ensuring that the full set of indicators is limited in number;and report on the results to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting;
VII/30 para 7
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
7.Requests the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing and the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity, respectively, to explore the need and possible options for indicators for access to genetic resources and in particular for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, and associated innovations, knowledge and practices of  indigenous and local communities, and for the protection of innovations, knowledge and practices of  indigenous and local communities, and to report the results to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting;
VII/30 para 8
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
8.Requests the Executive Secretary, with the assistance of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme and other relevant international organizations, to (a)Prepare the second Global Biodiversity Outlook for publication prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties following peer review and review by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its tenth or eleventh meeting.  The second Global Biodiversity Outlook should provide an assessment of progress towards the 2010 biodiversity target at the global level and communicate effectively trends in biodiversity related to the three objectives of the Convention, based on the focal areas listed in paragraph 1 of the present decision, and making use of the indicators listed in annex I below that are successfully developed and tested, information provided in the national  reports, as well as information provided by international organizations;(b)Prepare the necessary background documentation to assist the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice in the work outlined in paragraph 6 above;
VII/30 para 8 1)
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
(a)Prepare the second Global Biodiversity Outlook for publication prior to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties following peer review and review by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its tenth or eleventh meeting.  The second Global Biodiversity Outlook should provide an assessment of progress towards the 2010 biodiversity target at the global level and communicate effectively trends in biodiversity related to the three objectives of the Convention, based on the focal areas listed in paragraph 1 of the present decision, and making use of the indicators listed in annex I below that are successfully developed and tested, information provided in the national  reports, as well as information provided by international organizations;
VII/30 para 8 2)
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
(b)Prepare the necessary background documentation to assist the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice in the work outlined in paragraph 6 above;
VII/30 para 9
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
9.Invites related conventions, assessment processes and relevant organizations to contribute reports and information that assist the monitoring of progress towards the 2010 targets;
VII/30 para 10
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
10.Invites the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme to support the Secretariat in facilitating the compilation of information necessary for reporting on achievement on the 2010 target;
VII/30 para 11
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
11.Decides to establish, goals and sub- targets for each of the focal areas identified in paragraph 1 above, as set out in annex II to the present decision, in order to clarify the 2010 global biodiversity target adopted by decision VI/26, help assess progress towards the target, and promote coherence among the programmes of work of the Convention.  Such goals would complement the existing goals of the Strategic Plan;
VII/30 para 12 1)
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
(a)Review, and, as necessary, further refine the goals and sub-targets, ensuring that they are linked to relevant Millennium Development Goals, initiatives of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the goals articulated by other relevant international processes;
VII/30 para 12 2)
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
(b)Identify indicators for the sub-targets, where possible, by association with the indicators provided in annex I to the present decision;
VII/30 para 12 3)
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
(c)Refine proposals for the integration of outcome-oriented targets proposals for the integration of outcome-oriented targets into the programmes of work of inland water biodiversity and of marine and coastal biodiversity, according to the framework in annex II and using the approach set out in annex III to the present decision, identifying more precise targets, including, as appropriate, quantitative elements and decides that outcome oriented targets are a key priority for the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice;
VII/30 para 12 4)
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
(d)When the programmes of work of the Convention, are reviewed according to the multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties develop recommendations for the integration of outcome-oriented targets into each of the thematic programmes of work, according to the framework in annex II and using the approach set out in annex III to the present decision, identifying more precise targets, including, as appropriate, quantitative elements;
VII/30 para 13
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
13.Requests the Executive Secretary: (a)To prepare proposals for the integration of goals and targets into the programmes of work when these programmes are due for review according to the multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties, taking into account that these goals and targets should be viewed as flexible framework within which national and/or regional targets may be developed, according to national priorities and capacities; and (b)To make full use of the clearing house mechanism in promoting technical cooperation to achieve the 2010 targets and facilitating information exchange on progress made;
VII/30 para 14
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
14.Emphasizes that the goals and targets referred to in paragraph 12 above should be viewed as a flexible framework within which national and/or regional targets may be developed, according to national priorities and capacities, and taking into account differences in diversity between countries;
VII/30 para 15
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
15.Invites Parties and Governments to develop national and/or regional goals and targets, and, as appropriate, to incorporate them into relevant plans, programmes and initiatives, including national biodiversity strategies and action plans;
VII/30 para 16
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
16. Invites Parties and Governments to use existing national indicators or to establish national indicators using the tools (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/10) referred to in decision VII/8, on monitoring and indicators, and according to their national needs and priorities, to assess progress towards their national/and or regional targets;
VII/30 para 17
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
17.  Emphasizes the need for capacity-building, especially in developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and the small island developing States among them, and countries with economies in transition, in order to enable them to implement activities to achieve and monitor progress towards the goals and targets;
VII/30 para 18
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
18.Invites Parties, Governments, international and funding organizations to provide adequate and timely support for the implementation of activities to achieve and monitor progress towards the goals and targets to developing country Parties, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States among them, and Parties with economies in transition, as appropriate;
VII/30 para 20
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
20.Emphasizes that national biodiversity strategies and action plans, as the primary mechanisms for the implementation of the Convention and the Strategic Plan, should be developed or reviewed with due regard to the relevant aspects of the four goals of the Strategic Plan, and the goals established by this decision, to enable greater contribution to the achievement of the 2010 target, consistent with national needs and priorities; and invites Parties to incorporate the goals, as appropriate, into the national biodiversity strategies and action plans when these are revised;
VII/30 para 22
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
22.Requests the Executive Secretary to report to Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting on the work required by decision V/20, paragraph 41, to allow further work to be undertaken to identify ways to support the review by Parties of national implementation;
VII/30 para 24
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
24.Invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to submit views on these issues to the Executive Secretary, and requests the Executive Secretary to compile and make available these views for consideration by the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention;
VII/30 para 25
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
25.Requests the Executive Secretary to participate in processes arising from the twenty second session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme relating to consideration of the development and establishment of an intergovernmental strategic plan for implementation support, linked to the outcome of the international environmental governance process, to ensure that it will contribute to the implementation of the Convention;
VII/30 para 26
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
26.Decides to address explicitly the need to provide focused support and improve existing support mechanisms where obstacles to implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans have been identified, particularly when considering the results of the evaluation of progress in achievement the goals and mission of the Strategic Plan as well as the goals and sub-targets established in this decision.
VII/30 para 27
Strategic Plan:  future evaluation of progress
27.Recognizing in the development of better methods to evaluate progress in the implementation of the Convention that consideration could be given to making full use of the experiences of other multilateral environmental agreements, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, requests the Executive Secretary to initiate action as a follow-up to paragraph 41 of decision V/20,.
VII/31 para 3
Multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010
3.Further decides that, at each of its meetings until 2010, the Conference of the Parties, possibly including its Ministerial Segment, should assess, as an explicit agenda item, the state of progress, including obstacles, in achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan and progress towards the achievement of the Convention’s 2010 target and relevant Millennium Development Goals and that, when considering progress in achievement, it shall also review the effectiveness of the Convention processes in facilitating this achievement;
VII/31 para 7
Multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010
7.Adopts the multi-year programme of work annexed to the present decision;
VII/31 para 8
Multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties up to 2010
8.Requests the Executive Secretary to develop a preparatory process for the work of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice on island biodiversity which:(a)Includes, inter alia, electronic forums, an Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group in mid-2004, and a liaison group held immediately after the Mauritius meeting in August/September 2004(b)Allows input from the widest possible range of Parties, countries, and relevant organizations, stakeholders and indigenous and local communities, and particularly from small island developing States;(c)Will provide technical advice for use by Parties on key issues facing island biodiversity managers as well as a draft programme of work and related draft recommendations;(d)Will draw on the outcome of the international meeting of the small island developing States for the review of the Barbados Programme of Action, which will take place in Mauritius in August/September 2004.
VII/32 para 2 2)
The programme of work of the Convention and the Millennium Development Goals
(b)To explore with the Secretary General of the United Nations, the opportunity to establish the 2010 target as an interim milestone in achieving the Millennium Development Goal 7 of ensuring environmental sustainability by 2015; and
VII/32 para 2 3)
The programme of work of the Convention and the Millennium Development Goals
(c)To work closely with the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Millennium Project of the Secretary General of the United Nations and others to find ways to use the 2010 targets and indicators to help achieve target 9 (to “reverse the loss of environmental resources”) of Millennium Development Goal 7 (to “ensure environmental sustainability”), and the other relevant Millennium Development goals, in particular Goal 1 to halve poverty and hunger, and the health-related goals;
VII/32 para 4
The programme of work of the Convention and the Millennium Development Goals
4.Urges Parties to report on their actions at the national level to link efforts to achieve relevant Millennium Development Goals and the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity in their next national report;
VII/32 para 5
The programme of work of the Convention and the Millennium Development Goals
5.Requests the Executive Secretary, to take this into account when revising the format for national reports;
VII/33 para 1
Operations of the Convention
1.Decides to retire the decisions and elements of decisions adopted at its third and fourth meetings listed in the annex to the present decision;
VII/33 para 3
Operations of the Convention
3.Requests the Executive Secretary to make proposals to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties regarding the retirement of decisions and elements of decisions taken at its fifth and sixth meetings and to communicate such proposals to Parties, Governments and relevant international organizations at least sixth months prior to its eighth meeting;
VII/33 para 6
Operations of the Convention
6.Invites the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity to review and revise the administrative arrangements between the United Nations Environment Programme and the Secretariat of the Convention and report thereon to the Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting.
VII/33 para 7
Operations of the Convention
7.Decides to review the effectiveness of the changes to rule 21 of the rules of procedure at its eighth meeting;
VII/35 para 1
Date and venue of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties
1.Welcomes the kind offer of Brazil to host the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
VII/35 para 2
Date and venue of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties
2.Decides that the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties will be held in Brazil on a date in the first half of 2006 to be specified by the Bureau.
X/14 para 2
Retirement of decisions
2.Requests the Executive Secretary to make proposals to the Conference of the Parties at its eleventh meeting regarding the retirement of decisions and elements of decisions taken at its seventh meeting, and to communicate such proposals to Parties, Governments and relevant international organizations at least six months prior to its eleventh meeting;
XII/28
Retirement of decisions