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COP Decisions

The house sparrow is native to Eurasia and was introduced to the Americas, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and many islands. They compete with native birds for food and nesting sites and damage many cereal and fruit crops. Western Australia has declared them agricultural pests prohibited by legislation.
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In-Depth Review at COP9

A list of the requests to Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations from the COP decisions considered in the in-depth review (PDF and EXCEL)

This webpage references decisions of the Conference of the Parties that contain elements related directly to invasive alien species. For information on decisions of governing bodies of other international agreements, please refer to the UNEP Issue-Based Modules Project.

Decisions on Article 8 (h)

  • Decision IV/1 C
    Report and recommendations of the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, and instructions by the Conference of the Parties to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
  • Decision V/8
    Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species
  • Decision VI/23 1
    Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species
  • Decision VII/13
    Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h))
  • Decision VIII/27
    Alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species (Article 8 (h)): further consideration of gaps and inconsistencies in the international regulatory framework
  • Decision IX/4
    In-depth review of ongoing work on alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species
  • Decision X/38
    Invasive Alien Species
  • Decision XI/28
    Invasive Alien Species

Other COP Decisions Relevant to Invasive Alien Species

  • Decision VII/5 Annex, element 5, objectives 5.1, 5.2, 5.3
    Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
  • Decision V/II/14 paragraphs 10, 49 and 71
    Biological Diversity and Tourism
  • Decision VIII/1 paragraphs 3, 9, 24, annex section E, appendix
    Island Biodiversity
  • Decision VIII/2 paragraph 12, annex targets 6.1 and 6.2
    Biological Diversity of Dry and Sub-Humid Lands
  • Decision VII/2 annex paragraph 7(c)
    Biological Diversity of Dry and Sub-Humid Lands
  • Decision VII/4 annex goal 1.4 plus activities
    Biological Diversity of Inland Water Ecosystems
  • Decision VII/27 annex actions 1.1.4, 1.1.9, 2.3.4
    Mountain Biological Diversity
  • Decision VI/22 annex goal 2 objective 1
    Forest Biological Diversity
  • Decision VI/5 annex 2 activity 2.1
    Agricultural Biological Diversity
  • Decision VIII/28 annex paragraphs 19 and 31(d)
    Impact assessment: voluntary guidelines on biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment
  • Decision VIII/3 paragraph 8 plus annex paragraphs 10-15
    Global Taxonomy Initiative: in-depth review of the implementation of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative
  • Decision VII/10 paragraph 8
    Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
  • Decision VI/9 target 10
    Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
  • Decision VII/28 annex 1.5.4
    Protected Areas
  • Decision VIII/18 paragraph 27
    Guidance to the Financial Mechanism
  • Decision VII/20 paragraph 9
    Further Guidance to the Financial Mechanism
  • Decision VI/17 paragraph 10
    Financial Mechanism under the Convention
  • Decision VIII/15 goal 6
    Framework for monitoring implementation of the achievement of the 2010 target and integration of targets into the thematic programmes of work
  • Decision IX/2 paragraph 3(c) viii
    Agricultural biodiversity: biofuels and biodiversity
  • Decision IX/5 paragraph 1(b)
    Forest biodiversity
  • Decision IX/21 paragraph 4, 6 and 7
    Island biodiversity
  • Decision IX/22 annex: planned activity 14 and 16
    The Global Taxonomy Initiative: matters arising from decision VIII/3, including the development of outcome-oriented deliverables
  • Decision IX/31 annex: outcome 6.1 and paragraph 12
    Financial resources and the financial mechanism and guidance to the financial mechanism

1 One representative entered a formal objection during the process leading to the adoption of this decision and underlined that he did not believe that the Conference of the Parties could legitimatly adopt a motion or a text with a formal objection in place. A few representatives expressed reservations regarding the procedure leading to the adoption of this decision (see UNEP/CBD/COP/6/20, paras. 294-324).

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