Steps for pilot assessments

Steps for the conduct of pilot assessments initiated by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)

Assessment steps Modalities / Activities
Recognition of assessment need/mandate (i) Mandate is usually given by the Conference of the Parties; (ii) Needs are identified through:· The review of programme of work, e.g. for forest biodiversity, and biodiversity and climate change;· After an initial assessment e.g. for invasive alien species;· During implementation of programmes of work, e.g. rapid assessment methods.
Preparation of background document or the Note by the Executive Secretary Background documents or detailed outlines drafted by the Executive Secretary with or without assistance from:(i) Consultant/collaborating organization; and / or (ii) Expert meeting.
Consideration by an AHTEG/ established by the Conference of the Parties or SBSTTA or by an expert group (i) Review of background document or Note by the Executive Secretary(ii) Identification of gaps; (iii) Revision of background document taking into account additional published information.
Peer-review Peer-review, if applicable, by: (i) Selected reviewers;(ii) Wider peer-review involving Parties, other Governments, SBSTTA focal points, experts from the roster of experts of the Convention on Biological Diversity, organizations and indigenous and local communities; other conventions and their focal points.
Consideration by SBSTTA (i) Conclusions on assessment;(ii) Recommendation to the Conference of the Parties.
Use and application of results (including consideration by the Conference of the Parties) and identification of future gaps (i) Utilization of the revised document to develop elements and activities for the relevant programmes of work, and follow-up activities; (ii) Decision by the Conference of the Parties.(iii) Publication of assessment reports in the CBD Technical Series;(iv) Use in other publications, e.g. MA report;(v) Use by Governments and others;(vi) Identification of additional information need, including needs for new assessments.