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WORKING GROUP I
Marine genetic resources:
Friday, 31 March, WG-I Chair Jebb suggested to revert to
the original wording of the SBSTTA recommendation 11/8
(deep seabed genetic resources). Norway
preferred requesting the Executive Secretary, in
collaboration with the UN Division on Ocean Affairs and
Law of the Sea, to “further collate and analyze
information on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction
and the threats to it,” rather than “further analyze
and explore options for preventing and mitigating
impacts of some activities to selected seabed
habitats”, as in the SBSTTA-11 recommendation. Many
delegates expressed reluctance to reopen the wording of
the SBSTTA decision at this late stage, and
Above photos L-R: Tone Solhaug (Norway), and Hesiquio Benitez-Diaz (Mexico)
Integrated marine and coastal area management (IMCAM):
WORKING GROUP II
WG-II addressed a draft decision (CRP.15), including bracketed language on synergies between the Rio Conventions to increase the effectiveness of financial resources. Presenting a compromise reached following contact group negotiations, Mexico suggested that the in-depth review of the availability of financial resources explore options on how the synergy among the financial mechanisms of the three Rio Conventions can be promoted, taking fully into account the respective guidance and priority of their respective COPs, and each Convention’s scope and mandate, while ensuring the integrity of resources available to each convention throughout its respective financial mechanism. WG-II then approved the draft decision.
|Above photo: WG-I Chair Matthew Jebb (Ireland)
|Above photo: WG-II Sem Shikongo (Namibia)
Plenary elected by acclamation
Fernando Casas (Colombia) and Tim Hodges (Canada) as Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing, to preside over the negotiations of the international regime on access and benefit-sharing.
Regional groups representatives delivered statements of appreciation.
Germany, expressed their intention in hosting COP-9 and
invited delegates to Germany in 2008. The Ban Terminator Campaign thanked parties for maintaining the moratorium against genetic use restriction technologies.
The IIFB expressed serious about the readiness by some parties to undermine the human rights of indigenous peoples in the negotiation process on ABS.
Above photo L-R: Dirk Schwenzfeier (Germany), Lucy Sharratt (Ban Terminator Campaign) and Lourdes Amos (IIFB)