||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, 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.