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7th Meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the  Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)


Highlights for Friday, 16 November  2001


The closing Plenary met briefly in the morning on Friday, 16 November and again in the afternoon. Regional groups presented nominations for two-year terms to the SBSTTA Bureau. Delegates elected Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana), Joseph Toussaint (Haiti), Asghar Fazel (Islamic Republic of Iran) and Linda Hedlund (Sweden). The continuing Bureau members include Dehui Wang (China), Paula Warren (New Zealand), Peter Straka (Slovakia) and Lily Rodriguez (Peru). Chair Plesník noted that Alfred Oteng-Yeboah is expected to serve as Chair of SBSTTA-9 and 10.



ENB Summary

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ENB Daily Reports

Mon 12

Tue 13

Wed 14

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Fri 16

WEB Daily Coverage

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SBSTTA7 Snapshots

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Delegates considered draft provisional agendas for SBSTTA-8 and 9, outlined in document UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/7/14, and agreed that Montreal would host the next two meetings, with final dates still to be determined. Canada, noting that the theme for SBSTTA-9 is protected areas, suggested that SBSTTA meet after a conference in South Africa on parks and protected areas in September 2003.

Working Group II Chair Rodriguez (right center) presented Working Group II's report (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/7/L.7), which was adopted.

Working Group I Chair Warren  (left) introduced the results of work on forest biodiversity. Delegates adopted Working Group I's report (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/7/L.8) and addressed the recommendation and the contents of the work programme. Both were adopted after some discussion.

At the conclusion of the Plenary's substantive work, Chair Plesník, CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan, and many countries made closing statements of appreciation. 

Listen to Hamdallah Zedan's closing remarks.

Gudrun Henne (Greenpeace International) urged the delegates to convince their governments to set targets addressing forest biodiversity. 

In his closing comments, Chair Plesník said the meeting had addressed complex issues important to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and hoped that biodiversity would profit from SBSTTA-7. The Chair gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:30 pm.

ENB Summary of  CBD SBSTTA-6 ( HTML or PDF )
CBD Secretariat web site with official documents and Information for participants (doc and pdf)
SBSTTA issues on: Forest Biological Diversity
Preparation of the Strategic Plan for the Convention
Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems
The second national reports
ENB's Introduction to CBD
German CHM COP Decisions Database

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