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Preparatory processes and milestones towards SBSTTA 20

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Last updated on 22 January 2016.

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
Posting of revised annotations to provisional   December 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 (Istanbul, Turkey)*   TBD
Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the Seas of East Asia, and Training Session on EBSAs (Xiamen, China)*   13-18 December 2015
* Notifications requesting the nomination of experts and the submission of relevant scientific information issued at least 12 weeks ahead of each meeting.
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   September 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   June 2015
Development of training materials on incorporating traditional knowledge in the description and identification of EBSAs   TBD
Expert meeting to support the development of practical options to further enhance scientific methodologies and approaches on the description of areas meeting the criteria for EBSAs (in Berlin, Germany)   22-24 February 2016
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   TBD

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   June 2015
Posting of pre-session document   TBD

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 (in Lima, Peru)   23 – 27 February 2015
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Regional Capacity Building Workshop for East Africa (in Nosy Be, Madagascar)   18- 22 January 2016
SOI Training of Trainers Workshop (in Yeosu, Republic of Korea)   11-15 September 2015
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) National Capacity Development Workshop for Samoa (in Apia, Samoa)   28-30 September 2015
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) National Capacity Development Workshop for Namibia (in Swakopmund, Namibia)   13-16 October 2015
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Meeting for Regional Fisheries Bodies and Regional Seas Organizations (in Republic of Korea)   TBD
Expert meeting to support the development of practical guidance on addressing qualitative aspects of Target 11 (in Berlin, Germany)   25 – 26 February 2016
Progress report on the development of guidance to facilitate the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11   March 2015
Posting of pre-session document   TBD

Item 5. Invasive alien species: Addressing the risks associated with trade; biological control and decision support tools

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. SBSTTA will further 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. SBSTTA will also 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 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 (Montreal, Canada)   28-30 October 2015
Peer review of pre-session document   20 December 2015
Posting of pre-session document   15 February 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 Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology (Montreal, Canada)   21 - 25 September 2015
Peer review of AHTEG outcomes   November 2015
Posting of pre-session document   14 March 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
Technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (Johannesburg, South Africa)   28 September - 2 October 2015
Peer review of relevant Information Documents   December 2015 - January 2016
Posting of pre-session document   19 February 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: key elements of a short term action plan on ecosystem restoration; and on implementation by the CBD Secretariat of the Forest and Ecosystem Restoration Initiative of the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Korea Forest Service, for supporting countries to achieve Aichi Biodiversity 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 on ecosystem restoration to support achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets:
For West Africa (Accra, Ghana)   5-9 October 2015
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   15 December 2015
Posting of pre-session document   15 February 2016
Peer review of the proposed list of indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020   November 2015 – 4 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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