The sixteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) was held from 30 April to 5 May 2012 at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada.

SBSTTA discussed the following items:
  • Ways and means to improve the effectiveness of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice in light of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and issues, modalities and options for collaboration with the intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES).
  • Global Biodiversity Outlook: preparation of the fourth edition.
  • Island biodiversity: in-depth review of the implementation of the programme of work.
  • Marine and coastal biodiversity:
    • Ecologically or biologically significant marine areas;
    • Addressing adverse impacts of human activities on marine and coastal biodiversity, including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, fisheries, and underwater noise;
    • Marine spatial planning, marine protected areas and voluntary guidelines for the consideration of biodiversity in environmental assessments in marine and coastal areas.
  • Biodiversity and climate change:
    • Advice on the application of relevant REDD+ safeguards for biodiversity, and on possible indicators and potential mechanisms to monitor or assess impacts of REDD+ measures on biodiversity;
    • Integration of biodiversity considerations into climate change-related activities, including addressing gaps in knowledge and information;
    • Geo-engineering: impacts on biodiversity and gaps in regulatory mechanisms.
  • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation: progress in implementing decision X/17.
  • Global Taxonomy Initiative: revised draft comprehensive capacity-building strategy.
  • New and emerging issues.
  • Biofuels and biodiversity: progress in implementing decision X/37.
  • Incentive measures: progress in implementing decision X/44.
  • Reports on collaborative work in the areas of agriculture, forests and health.

For in-depth detail on these items, please see the Annotated Agenda

Meeting Information

Please visit the official SBSTTA-16 documents page for more information and official documents.

What's New

30 April 2012
Statement by Mr Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, on the occasion of the sixteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-16), 30 April 2012, in Montreal. More »


19 April 2012 (2012-056)
Activities at the Margins of SBSTTA-16. More »
8 March 2012 (2012-038)
Deadline extension for submission of poster proposals and extended abstracts for the SBSTTA-16 poster session Montréal, Canada - 30 April - 5 May 2012. More »
1 February 2012 (2012-020)
Call for posters for the Sixteenth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-16). More »