The Secretariat is pleased to notify Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations of the following activities, which have been planned to further support the consideration of agenda items under the programme of work on marine and coastal biodiversity:
Briefing Session on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Sunday, 29 April, 16:00 to 18:00 ICAO Building, room CR6
The CBD Secretariat will convene a briefing session for participants of SBSTTA 16 on Sunday 29 April 2012 between 16:00 and 18:00. The briefing will focus on the process of regional workshop organization, including the nomination/selection of experts; development of the workshop terms of reference/provisional agenda/the organization of the work; compilation, synthesis and mapping of scientific information for the workshop; and engaging regional/international scientific partnerships. In addition to Parties and other Governments, this briefing session also welcomes representatives from relevant international/regional organizations. Further details will be available shortly.
The Oceans Day at Nagoya
The Oceans Day at Nagoya aimed to draw high-level policy attention to the need to address the major drivers of ocean and coastal biodiversity loss, take stock of progress (or lack thereof) in the achievement of global biodiversity targets, and outline the next steps in the global oceans agenda. Oceans Day featured presentations from high-level representatives from all sectors, including governments, international agencies, NGOs, and academia, organized into thematic panels focused around major topics in marine and coastal biodiversity. A summary of the event is available here
In annex I to decision VII/5
, the COP indicated that the elaborated programme of work on marine and coastal biodiversity would be effective for a six-year time period (2004-2010) at which point its implementation would be reviewed in depth, and the programme of work revised, as necessary. In the annex to decision VII/31, the Conference of the Parties decided to undertake the in-depth review of the programme of work on marine and coastal biological diversity at its tenth meeting. Accordingly, SBSTTA considered the in-depth review of implementation of the programme of work on marine and coastal biodiversity at its 14th meeting, in Nairobi, Kenya (10 - 21 May 2010). The review was undertaken in accordance with guidelines provided in annex III to decision VIII/15.