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Preparatory processes and milestones towards SBSTTA 19 and 20

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Last updated on 16 July 2015.

I. SBSTTA 19

2 - 5 November 2015, Montreal, Canada.

Item 2. Organizational matters

2.2. Adoption of agenda and organization of work

Background: The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) will consider the draft provisional agenda for its nineteenth meeting which the Executive Secretary prepared in consultation with the Bureau.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Posting of the provisional agenda   April 2015
Posting of annotations to the provisional agenda   April 2015

Item 3. Strategic issues related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

3.1. Further consideration of the implications of the findings of GBO-4 and related reports, including with respect to mainstreaming and the integration of biodiversity across sectors

Background: The Conference of the Parties (COP) requested SBSTTA to review the main implications and findings of the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) and its underlying technical reports as well as additional information from fifth national reports and other submissions. SBSTTA was requested to identify further opportunities and additional key actions, including, among others, the contributions of collective actions of indigenous and local communities, for the achievement of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and other actions for the targets where there has been the least progress at the global level.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: Submission of information related to the further consideration of the implications of the findings of GBO-4 and key scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020   21 April – 22 June 2015
Peer review of regional, sector-specific or target audience focused communication products related to GBO-4   various dates 2015/16
Sector-specific technical papers, technical papers related to GBO-4   June/July 2015
Peer-review of pre-session document   10 – 31 August 2015 (updated)
Posting of pre-session document   21 September 2015

3.2. Key scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and related research

Background: COP-12 took note of the key scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, as identified by SBSTTA at its seventeenth meeting, for use in future considerations on the implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Parties were invited to take action to address the identified gaps and the Executive Secretary was requested to identify existing and possible ways and means to address the scientific and technical needs in cooperation with relevant organizations and to strengthen scientific and technical capacities in Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: Submission of information related to the further consideration of the implications of the findings of GBO-4 and key scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020   21 April – 22 June 2015
Peer review of regional, sector-specific or target audience focused communication products related to GBO-4   various dates 2015/16
Sector-specific technical papers, technical papers related to GBO-4   June/July 2015
Peer-review of pre-session document   From 10 August 2015 (updated)
Posting of pre-session document   21 September 2015

3.3. Tools to evaluate the effectiveness of policy instruments for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Background: SBSTTA will consider information related to national experiences in the use of tools to evaluate the effectiveness of policy instruments for delivery of the Strategic Plan that was requested by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Internet-based questionnaire to supplement information from fourth and fifth national reports (also for item 3.4)   April 2015
Draft pre-session document for peer review   Until 14 August 2015 (updated)
Posting of pre-session document   14 September 2015 (updated)

3.4. Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

Background: The Conference of the Parties requested the Executive Secretary to convene a meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Indicators for the Strategic Plan and SBSTTA will consider the recommendations based on the outcome of the AHTEG.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: Inviting nominations for the AHTEG   20 March 2015 – 24 April 2015
Internet-based questionnaire to supplement information from fifth national reports (also for item 3.3)   April 2015
Meeting of the AHTEG (documents)   14 - 17 September 2015 (updated)
Peer review of AHTEG report   21 September - 12 October 2015
Posting of pre-session document   21 September 2015

Item 4. Reports and studies for review

4.1. Biodiversity and human health

Background: SBSTTA will consider a report on the implications of the State of Knowledge Review: Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Summary of the State of Knowledge Review launched   February 2015
Full State of Knowledge Review launched   June 2015
Peer review of implications of State of Knowledge Review   10 - 31 August 2015 (updated)
Workshop to incorporate biodiversity considerations in national health strategies, health considerations in NBSAPs, and to reflect the biodiversity-health nexus in the implementation of national strategies for sustainable development   Pending funding
Expert meeting on links between biodiversity and infectious disease emergence and identification of further steps in this regard   Pending funding
Peer-review of synthesis of available scientific information on linkages between biodiversity and emerging infectious diseases such as the Ebola virus   Pending funding
Posting of pre-session document   14 September 2015 (updated)

4.2. Climate-related geoengineering

Background: SBSTTA will consider an update on the potential impacts of geoengineering techniques on biodiversity, and on the regulatory framework of climate-related geoengineering relevant to the Convention on Biological Diversity, as requested by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: request for nomination of potential peer review experts, further views on the potential impacts of geoengineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural impacts, and information on measures undertaken in accordance with paragraph 8 (w) of decision X/33   12 February – 15 April 2015
Peer review of INF documents (updated studies on impacts and regulatory framework)   15 July - 8 August 2015 (updated)
Posting of pre-session document   31 August 2015 (updated)

4.3. Forest biodiversity

Background: SBSTTA will consider a study on the ways in which international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests are assisting in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of relevance to forests and options for further action to achieve the forest-related Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as requested by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Compilation of views from CPF members (questionnaire), literature review and websites   15 March to 1 April 2015
Review, by CPF Members/experts, of draft study on the ways in which international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests are assisting in implementing the Strategic Plan and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of relevance to forests   15 – 30 April 2015
Presentation of draft and key findings to UNFF 11   14 May 2015
Peer review of revised draft   30 July – 30 August 2015
Final report – INF Document   30 September 2015
Posting of pre-session document   21 September 2015

Item 5. Work of the Subsidiary Body in light of the 2014-2018 Work Programme of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and relationship with the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

Background: SBSTTA will consider information on the implications of the IPBES work programme for the work of the Convention and in particular its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and information on the relationship between the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Draft pre-session document for peer review   Until 14 August 2015 (updated)
Posting of pre-session document   14 August 2015 (updated)

II. SBSTTA 20

25 - 29 April 2016, Montreal, Canada.

Item 2. Organizational matters

2.2. Adoption of agenda and organization of work

Background: SBSTTA will consider the draft provisional agenda for its twentieth meeting which the Executive Secretary prepared in consultation with the Bureau.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Posting of provisional agenda   April 2015
If necessary: Posting of revised provisional agenda   November 2015
Posting of annotations to provisional agenda   May 2015
If necessary: Posting of revised annotations to provisional   November 2015

Item 3. Scientific review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and related programmes of work and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Background: SBSTTA will consider an analysis of the contribution of targets established by Parties towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and an updated assessment of progress towards selected Aichi Biodiversity Targets to prepare for the interim review of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: Request for information from Parties and partners on commitments to reduce habitat loss and on ecosystem restoration (Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5 and 15)   9 February – 30 April 2015
Targeted communication to Parties to solicit submission of 5th national reports and updated NBSAPs   continuing
Peer review of pre-session document   25 January – 19 February 2016
Posting of pre-session document   14 March 2016

Item 4. Marine and coastal biodiversity

4.1. Ecologically or biologically significant marine areas

Background: SBSTTA will consider information on (i) transmission of summary reports on areas meeting the EBSA criteria, as considered by COP 12; (ii) the results of additional regional workshops organized to facilitate the description of areas meeting the EBSA criteria; (iii) progress made on development of practical options to further enhance scientific methodologies and approaches on the description of areas meeting the EBSA criteria; (iv) progress on national exercises on the application of EBSA criteria; (v) progress made on organizing technical trainings on EBSAs; and (vi) progress on the development of training materials on incorporating traditional knowledge in the description and identification of EBSAs.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean region, and Training Session on EBSAs (in Colombo, Sri Lanka)*   22 – 27 March 2015
Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas, and Training Session on EBSAs (in Dubai, United Arab Emirates)*   19 – 24 April 2015
Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, and Training Session on EBSAs (location TBD)*   October 2015
Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the Seas of East Asia, and Training Session on EBSAs (in China)*   December 2015
* Notifications requesting the nomination of experts and the submission of relevant scientific information issued at least 12 weeks ahead of each meeting.
EBSA Technical Training for Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Management Bodies (location TBD)   TBD
Notification to Parties and relevant organizations : Request submission of views and suggestions on developing practical options to further enhance scientific methodologies and approaches on the description of areas meeting the EBSA criteria   May 2015
Notification: Request information from Parties and other Governments on national exercises to describe areas meeting the EBSA criteria, or other relevant compatible and complementary nationally or intergovernmentally agreed scientific criteria, in areas within national jurisdiction   May 2015
Development of training materials on incorporating traditional knowledge in the description and identification of EBSAs   TBD
Posting of pre-session document   14 March 2016

Item 4.2. Specific work plan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas

Background: SBSTTA will consider a draft specific workplan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas, which will be prepared building upon the elements of a workplan on physical degradation and destruction of coral reefs, including cold-water corals and in close linkage with relevant work under the Convention and with relevant work of competent organizations, as requested by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Development and peer-review of draft specific work plan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas   TBD
Expert meeting to support the development of a draft specific workplan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas (location TBD)   TBD
Progress report in the development of a global coral reef portal linked to the website of the Convention and existing global and regional initiatives to facilitate technical collaboration and voluntary information-sharing on all aspects of sustainable management of coral reefs and related ecosystems   TBD
Progress report on awareness-raising activities related to the findings of the updated synthesis on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity   TBD
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

4.3. Addressing impacts of marine debris and anthropogenic underwater noise on marine and coastal biodiversity

Background: SBSTTA will consider draft practical guidance on addressing the impacts of marine debris and relevant compilation of information on underwater noise, which will be prepared in response to requests by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity (in Baltimore, United States of America)   2 – 4 December 2014
Notification: Request relevant scientific and technical information from Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations concerning measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate the potential significant adverse impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise on marine and coastal biodiversity   April 2015
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

4.4. Marine spatial planning and training initiatives

Background: SBSTTA will consider draft consolidated practical guidance and a toolkit for marine spatial planning as well as a progress report on the implementation of other related requests by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

CBD Expert Workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and a Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning (in Montreal, Canada)   9 – 11 September 2014
Progress report in the development of marine spatial planning guidance and tools
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Regional Capacity Building Workshop for South America   23 – 27 February 2015
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Regional Capacity Building Workshop for East Africa   TBD
SOI Training of Trainers Workshop (in Republic of Korea)   July 2015
SOI National Trainings (location TBD)   2015
Progress report on the development of guidance to facilitate the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11   September 2015
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

Item 5. Invasive alien species

5.1. Addressing the risks associated with trade of alien species

Background: SBSTTA will consider ways and means to address the risks associated with trade in wildlife introduced as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food, and methods of alerting suppliers and potential buyers to the risk posed by invasive alien species sold via e-commerce, which will be prepared in line with the requests by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Expert meeting on alien species in wildlife trade, experiences in the use of biological control agents and development of decision support tools for management of invasive alien species   28-30 October 2015
Peer review of pre-session document   November – December 2015
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

5.2. Experiences in the use of biological control agents against invasive alien species

Background: SBSTTA will consider a synthesis on experiences in the use of biological control agents against invasive alien species, in particular the release in the wild of alien species for this purpose, including positive and negative cases and cases of the application of appropriate risk assessment, which will be prepared in line with the request by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Expert meeting or group facilitated by IUCN SSC-ISSG and other members of the Liaison Group-IAS   Pending funding
Peer review of pre-session document   November – December 2015
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

5.3. Decision support tools

Background: SBSTTA will consider information on decision-support tools for assessing and evaluating the social, economic and ecological consequences of invasive alien species; cost-benefit analyses for eradication, management and control measures; and tools for examining the impacts of climate change and land-use change on biological invasions as well as a user-friendly guide to existing decisions of the Conference of the Parties on invasive alien species and the relevant guidance and standards developed by other relevant organizations, which will be prepared in line with the requests by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Expert meeting or group facilitated by members of the Liaison Group-IAS   Pending funding
Peer review of pre-session document   November – December 2015
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

Item 6. Synthetic biology

Background: SBSTTA will consider the outcomes from the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology which will conduct its work in line with the request from the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: submission of further information   6 February – 30 April 2015
Notification: call for nominations for the online forum and AHTEG   19 February – 31 March 2015
Online forum   April – June 2015
Meeting of the AHTEG   21 - 25 September 2015
Peer review of AHTEG outcomes   November 2015
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

Item 7. Review of the IPBES fast-track assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production

Background: SBSTTA will consider the Fast-track thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production and its implications of the findings of the assessment for the work under the Convention, in line with the requests from the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Peer review of pre-session document   Documents will be prepared following the adoption of the assessment by IPBES-4 (February 2016)
Posting of pre-session document   14 March 2016

Item 8. Biodiversity and climate change

8.1 Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation and enhancing the positive and minimizing the negative impacts of climate-change adaptation activities

Background: SBSTTA will consider a compilation of experiences with ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation (EBA) and disaster risk reduction, information on the potential of a wide range of biomes that can contribute to efforts on climate change mitigation, as well as potential activities to enhance the climate mitigation function while building the resilience of these ecosystems, prepared in response to requests by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: Submission of views and experiences on biodiversity and climate change and disaster risk reduction   17 February – 15 April 2015
Peer review of studies on country experiences with ecosystem based approaches to adaptation, the potential of a wide range of biomes to contribute to efforts under climate change and guidance on enhancing the positive and minimizing the negative impacts on biodiversity of climate-change adaptation activities   August 2015
Technical workshop to review, provide more input, and assess science and policy implications of the report on EBA and other related information   September 2015
Posting of pre-session document   14 March 2016

8.2 Issues related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries

Background: SBSTTA will consider advice on possible indicators to assess the contribution of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries to the objectives of the Convention and potential mechanisms to monitor impacts on biodiversity from these activities and other ecosystem-based approaches for climate change mitigation measures; as well as information on experiences, lessons learned and best practices on this contribution, which will be prepared in response to the requests by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: Parties requested to submit relevant information on information and experiences related to REDD+, as well as possible indicators and mechanisms used to measure and monitoring impacts on biodiversity from REDD+   17 February – 15 April 2015
Presentation of draft analysis at 3rd Global Landscape Forum   6 December 2015
Peer review of analysis   January – February 2016
Posting of pre-session document   14 March 2016

Item 9. Sustainable use of biodiversity: Bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management

Background: SBSTTA will consider technical guidance on the role of sustainable wildlife management for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, an analysis of the impacts of “subsistence use” of wildlife on the survival and regeneration of wild species, in the context of growing human populations and pressures on wildlife resources, and information pertaining to other requests by the Conference of the Parties, including in the context of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Notification: Parties requested to submit information related to sustainable use of biodiversity: bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management   30 April - 15 June 2015
Peer review of technical guidance and analysis   January – February 2016
Posting of pre-session document   14 March 2016

Item 10. Protected areas and ecosystem restoration

Background: The CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas catalysed multiple actions over the decade of its existence which is contributing towards Aichi Target 11. To reach the quantitative aspects of Target 11, an additional 1.6% of both terrestrial and marine areas need to be protected globally. In order that these additional 1.6% protected areas also contribute to ecological representativeness, areas important for biodiversity, and improving the management effectiveness and connectivity, the Secretariat in collaboration with Partners is working on facilitating implementation of the actions identified in Programme of Work on Protected Areas Action Plans and revised NBSAPs. Work is also undertaken to provide an explanation on “other effective area-based conservation measures and other technical aspects” in collaboration with partners. Information related to these activities will be provided to SBSTTA under this agenda item. Information will also be provided to SBSTTA on activities furthering work related to ecosystem restoration, including the Korean Government’s Forest and Ecosystem Restoration Initiative on for facilitating achieving Aichi Targets 5, 14 and 15.

Preparatory process and milestones - protected areas:

Information exchange workshops on proposed actions for filling gaps in implementation to achieve Target 11   2015/2016

Preparatory process and milestones - ecosystem restoration:

Notification: Parties requested to submit relevant information on commitments and actions toward achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5 and 15 – combined with NBSAP, NR, NAMAs, Bonn Challenge, other commitments   2 February – 30 April 2015
Capacity building workshops and webinars relating to the Forest and Ecosystem Restoration Initiative   West Africa - October 2015 (tbc); Further workshops in 2016

Posting of pre-session document on protected areas and ecosystem restoration 14 March 2016

Item 11. The fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and guidelines for the sixth national report

Background: SBSTTA will evaluate the scope, process and findings of the Global Biodiversity Outlook in the light of, and avoiding duplication with, the ongoing work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on a global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services and consider the modalities of potential future editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook. It will also consider a proposal on guidelines for the sixth national report. The draft modalities and guidelines will be prepared in line with the request by the Conference of the Parties.

Preparatory process and milestones:

Peer review of draft guidelines for the sixth national report   October – November 2015
Posting of pre-session document   25 January 2016

Item 12. New & Emerging issues

Background: SBSTTA will review and discuss any proposals received for new and emerging issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

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