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2nd Meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Inter-sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Montreal, Canada; February 4-8 2002


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Highlights for Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Delegates to the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met throughout the day in two sub-working groups. Sub-Working Group I (SWG-I) considered a conference room paper (CRP) on draft principles for cultural, environmental and social impact assessments regarding developments on sacred sites or on lands occupied by indigenous and local communities, and a draft on the outline of the composite report on status and trends. Sub-Working Group II (SWG-II) addressed CRPs on participatory mechanisms and an assessment of existing instruments, particularly those related to intellectual property rights (IPR). Above photo: The dias of Sub-Working Group I chaired by John Herity (Canada).


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Plenary met briefly in the afternoon to hear progress reports by the sub-working group co-chairs.
Sub-Working Group I
NEW ZEALAND stresses the importance of extending the principles to include development activities that occur on lands adjacent to sacred sites and traditionally occupied lands, and supports the IIFB in highlighting that indigenous communities must have a sense of ownership for the entire assessment process. Left photo: Kristina Ryan (New Zealand)

ETHIOPIA notes that the draft principles fail to address the entire assessment process. Right photo: Dessalegne Mesfin (Ethiopia)

COLOMBIA recommends addressing synergistic impacts within environmental impact assessments, and supports including genetically modified organisms in reference to invasive alien species.

PALAU pointed to the diversity of traditional knowledge of the Pacific Island nations and suggested adding language in the document on status and trends to assess the state of retention of such knowledge in island ecosystems. Right photo: Tarita Holm (Palau)


Sub-Working Group II

During discussions on the recommendation for participatory mechanisms, the University of Saskatchewan proposed that governments and appropriate international organizations encourage and support the development of communication mechanisms among indigenous peoples and local communities. Right photo: Priscilla Settee (University of Saskatchewan)

Referring to items on cooperation with relevant organizations, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification highlighted its work on traditional knowledge and ongoing collaboration with the CBD and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Left Photo: Jan Sheltinga (UNCCD)


During the discussion on the assessment of existing instruments, Switzerland called for supportive references to the World Intellectual Property Organization and specifically proposed that it continue its work on an international database of traditional knowledge to assist in searches of prior art. Right photo (L-R): Martin Giusberger, Juerg Bally and Alwin Kopse 

ENB Snapshots: 

Above photos (clockwise): Veit Koester (Denmark) walking at the speed of light, IIFB representatives Madeleine Dion Stout and Roberta Stout, Hamdallah Zedan CBD Executive Secretary and Reuben Olembo acting Chair of the Working Group on behalf of the COP-5 President, Sophia Twarog of UNCTAD, Alphonse Gueret-Domba  (Central African Republic), and Sem Shikongo (Namibia)

ENB Summary of the WG8j-1 (HTML, PDF)
ENB Coverage of WG8j-1
The summary from the October 2001 Bonn meeting on access and benefit sharing

The summary from the November 2001 Montreal meeting of the SBSTTA
Draft report from the December 2001 meeting of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (Second Session)
ENB report of the meeting on traditional knowledge held under the CBD (Madrid, October 1997)
Experts' Panel on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ENB coverage, October 1999)
Linkages introduction to the CBD process
CBD Secretariat web site with official documents and information for participants
WIPO Secretariat
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