This online discussion forum is intended to provide an opportunity for discussions and sharing of views on the issues addressed in the annex to recommendation 24/9, “conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity”. This recommendation was adopted by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at its twenty-fourth meeting.

In this recommendation, SBSTTA noted that the work on this issue was not completed at its twenty-fourth meeting due to the extraordinary circumstances prevailing. In the same recommendation, SBSTTA requested the Executive Secretary to advance discussions on this issue prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to facilitate focused deliberations on these issues at that meeting. This online discussion forum is being convened in line with this request.

This discussion forum will be preceded by an opening webinar and followed by a closing webinar, as follows:

• Opening webinar: 8 June 2022, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT (introduction to the forum, its objective and focus of discussion) (Recording, in two parts, available at the following links: Part I and Part II)
• Online discussion forum: 9-10 and 13-14 June 2022 (forum closed) (written comments posted by participants on dedicated webpage)
• Closing webinar: 15 June 2022, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT (summary of the discussion and guidance on next steps) (Recording available at the following: link)

Participants will be invited to consider a number of guiding questions under the Threads of the Forum. The Forum will be organized according to specific threads (topics). Participants are invited to post comments and engage in the discussions throughout the four days of the Forum by subscribing to one or more of the existing threads. All threads will be active during this time.

The Secretariat convened a public information webinar on 20 June at 7am (EDT, Montreal time) to provide an overview of the outcomes of the online discussion forum on conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity, which was held from 8 to 15 June 2022, in preparation for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. The webinar was scheduled in order to inform delegates attending the Fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, 21-26 June in Nairobi. The link to the recording of this session is available here.


Participation in the Forum is open to Parties organizations, pursuant to selection, in consultation with the Bureau of SBSTTA, based on relevant expertise and experience relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity, taking into account regional representation and gender balance, as set out in notification 2022-028

To participate and post comments or questions in the Forum, you must sign-in using your CBD account. If you forget your password or need to set one, please use the following link.

Participants are invited to observe the following guidelines:

  1. Briefly introduce themselves when posting first message (name, country/organization and institutional affiliation);
  2. Respond to the thread(s) started by the moderator;
  3. Subscribe to the thread(s) to follow and receive notifications;
  4. Keep messages brief, concise and relevant to the topic or question being discussed;
  5. Ensure that the messages are relevant to the topic/question being discussed;
  6. Provide the reference number of a previous posting when responding to it;
  7. Make the subject header of your post as descriptive as possible about the content of the message so that other participants can easily decide which messages to read and respond to;
  8. Make sure that the text or files attached do not contain viruses, corrupted files or any other similar file deficiencies;
  9. Be respectful of others’ viewpoints.

If you encounter technical difficulties or are unable to participate in the Forum through the website but wish to provide input on the discussion threads (topics) of the Forum, please complete and send the form for submission of comments to by 14 June 2022.

Forum opened for posting at midnight EDT on 9 June and closed at midnight EDT on 15 June 2022.

Online discussion forum on Conservation and Sustainable use of Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

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