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Decision COP VIII/19

UNEP/CBD/COP/DEC/VIII/19

Forest biological diversity:  implementation of the programme of work

A.Consideration of matters arising from the implementation of paragraph 19 of decision VI/22
The Conference of the Parties,
Recalling paragraph 19 of decision VI/22 of the Conference of the Parties in which the Executive Secretary was requested to initiate a series of actions in support of the implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biodiversity,
Mindful that many fora and organizations, including the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank and other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, as well as regional forest-related processes have information on sustainable forest management and national forest programmes, including on forest law enforcement and related trade and cross-sectoral integration,
Informational
1. Welcomes the note prepared by the Executive Secretary on matters arising from the implementation of paragraph 19 of decision VI/22 (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/14) and the report on the effects of insufficient law enforcement on forest biological diversity (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/INF/12), and the compilation of best practices to reduce negative impacts and enhance positive impacts of other sectoral policies on forest biological diversity (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/INF/13);
Informational
2. Expresses its appreciation to those Parties, other Governments, non-governmental organizations, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, regional forest-related processes,  other United Nations bodies and conventions, intergovernmental organizations, and research institutes for their various inputs and collaborative efforts in the implementation of the different actions outlined in subparagraphs 19 (a)-(g) of decision VI/22;
Operational Active Parties
3. Invites Parties to strengthen their efforts to promote sustainable forest management, to improve forest law enforcement and to address related trade, and reiterates its invitation to Parties to provide information on these subjects according to paragraph 19(e) of decision VI/22, particularly on their effects on forest biological diversity as a contribution to the review of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity, in the context of the activities delineated under its objective 4, goal 1, of programme element 2;
4. Requests the Executive Secretary to: 
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(a) Strengthen collaboration on issues regarding the promotion of sustainable forest management, including, as appropriate, forest law enforcement, governance and related trade, with the UNFF, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Bank, other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and regional forest-related processes in order to complement and contribute to ongoing processes and initiatives, / as appropriate, with a view to improving the implementation of relevant activities of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity; 
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(b) Synthesize, in collaboration with relevant members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, existing information on the way Parties are promoting the implementation of their national forest programmes and national biodiversity strategies and action plans;
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(c) Develop in collaboration with stakeholders and taking into account the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), relevant members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, relevant regional forest-related processes such as the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE), the Montreal Process, and COMIFAC (Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale), a toolkit on cross-sectoral, integrated approaches making best use of already existing instruments, notably national forest programmes, to reduce negative impacts and enhance positive impacts of other sectoral policies on forest biological diversity, for consideration of SBSTTA at its thirteenth meeting, and to disseminate it through electronic and non-electronic means;
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(d) Suspend the operation of the forest web portal of the Convention on Biological Diversity because of its low rate of use, and re-direct Parties, via a hyperlink to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests’ Joint Information Framework web site, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; /
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(e) Complete the assessment on unauthorized harvesting on fauna (including bushmeat) as proposed in document UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/INF/12 and finalize the compilation of best practices outlined in document UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/INF/13;
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(f) Compile the lessons learned from paragraph 19 of decision VI/22, in particular those under subparagraph (f) on sustainable use;
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(g) Explore further means to strengthen the exchange of information and capacity‑building related to the implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity through non-web based means, such as CD-Rom and hard copies and to enhance sharing of practical and useful web-based forest information;
Operational Active Parties
5. Recalling paragraph 28 of decision VI/22 and paragraphs 7 and 11 (b) of decision VII/11, encourages Parties to continue to integrate the ecosystem approach and sustainable forest management into policies and practices and to further strengthen the institutional and human capacity for implementing adaptive management;
Operational Implemented OTHERS
6. Invites the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to incorporate the forest-related information of the Convention on Biological Diversity more comprehensively into the web  portal of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests;
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s)
7. Urges Parties and other Governments to strengthen collaboration at the national level between the focal point for the World Heritage Convention, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) focal points respectively, in order to increase the effectiveness of implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity, and the programme of work on protected areas, in designated World Heritage sites, taking into account the relevance of the programme of work on protected areas for the implementation of programme element 1, goal 3, objective 3 of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity;
B. Other matters
The Conference of the Parties,
Noting the outcomes derived from the sixth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests as a positive step towards achieving sustainable forest management, 
Welcoming in particular, the four shared Global Objectives on Forests agreed at the sixth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, where Parties committed to work globally and nationally and to make progress toward their achievement by 2015, and noting that the implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity will contribute toward the achievement of these four global objectives,
Recognizing the uncertainties related to the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, including long-term and transboundary impacts, of genetically modified trees on global forest biological diversity, as well as on the livelihoods of indigenous and local communities, and given the absence of reliable data and of capacity in some countries to undertake risk assessments and to evaluate those potential impacts,
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
1. Instructs the Executive Secretary to continue his engagement in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests;
Operational Active Parties
2. Recommends Parties to take a precautionary approach when addressing the issue of genetically modified trees;
Operational Implemented Elapsed Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
3. Requests the Executive Secretary to collect and collate existing information, including peer-reviewed published literature, in order to allow SBSTTA to consider and assess the potential environmental, cultural, and socio-economic impacts of genetically modified trees on the conservation and sustainable use of forest biological diversity, and to report to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
Operational Elapsed Parties Other Government(s) IPLC OTHERS
4. Invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations, including indigenous and local communities, as well as relevant stakeholders, to provide relevant views and information to the Secretariat for inclusion in this assessment;
C. Review of implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity
The Conference of the Parties,
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
1. Requests the Executive Secretary to carry out an in‑depth review of the expanded programme of work following the proposed review process as delineated in the annex to the present decision, and, subject to availability of financial resources, to convene at least one  meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Review of Implementation of the Programme of Work on Forest Biological Diversity established by the Conference of the Parties under the terms of reference agreed in paragraph 26 of decision VI/22 in order to complete its original mandate;
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
2. Requests the Executive Secretary in accordance to paragraph 26 (c) of decision VI/22, concerning membership of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group, to increase representation for bio‑geographical regions with little or no current representation;   
Operational Elapsed Parties OTHERS
3. Encourages Parties and other relevant stakeholders to access existing information on forest related reporting when finalizing the third and preparing the fourth national report, for example, through the Joint Information Framework for Forest-Related Reporting website of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and other non-web-based means;
Operational Elapsed OTHERS
4. Encourages the Task Force on Streamlining Forest-related Reporting of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests to continue its work towards reducing reporting burden and minimizing duplication of reporting requests
Body
Conference of the Parties (COP)

Meeting
COP-08
Eighth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
20 - 31 March, 2006
Curitiba, Brazil

Decision document
VIII/19
Forest biological diversity:  implementation of the programme of work
Documents
UNEP/CBD/COP/9/INF/27
The Potential Environmental, Cultural and Socio-Economic Impacts of Genetically Modified Trees: Background document to the in-depth review of the forest programme of work
UNEP/CBD/COP/9/INF/28
Compilation of Views on the Potential Environmental, Cultural and Socio-economic Impacts of Genetically Modified Trees
UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/INF/12
Development of Case Studies on the Effects of Insufficient Forest Law Enforcement on Forest Biological Diversity
UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/INF/13
Preliminary Compilation of Best Practices to Reduce Negative Impacts and Enhance Positive Impacts of Other Sectoral Policies on Forest Biological Diversity
UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/13/INF/6
The Potential Environmental, Cultural and Socio-Economic Impacts of Genetically Modified Trees
UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/13/INF/7
Compilation of Views on the Potential Environmental, Cultural and Socio-Economic Impacts of Genetically Modified Trees
UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/13/INF/7/ADD1
Compilation of Views on the Potential Environmental, Cultural and Socio-Economic Impacts of Genetically Modified Trees (Addendum)
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