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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



Highlights for Friday, 8 February 2002

Following the adoption of the meeting's recommendations (UNEP/CBD/WG8J/2/L.2-7) and the report of the meeting (UNEP/CBD/WG8J/2/L.1), several delegates delivered closing statements.
Canada announced the Equator Initiative, sponsored by UNDP in partnership with the Canadian Government and others, which will recognize rural and indigenous communities in tropical countries that have demonstrated sustainable livelihoods using biological resources. He said that five $30,000 awards would be presented at the WSSD, and that nominations were currently being accepted. The Netherlands invited all Parties and participants of the IIFB to the upcoming COP-6 meeting in The Hague.


ENB Summary

Mon 11

BNT Sommaire

Lun 11

ENB Daily Reports

Fri 08

Thu 07

Wed 06

Tue 05

Mon 04

Rapports quotidiens du BNT

Ven 08

Jeu 07

Mer 06

Mar 05

Lun 04

Closing Plenary:

Co-Chair of Sub-Working Group I, John Herity, introducing the recommendations proposed by sub-working group I regarding the outline of the composite report on status and trends and the draft guidelines on impact assessment. 

Co-Chair of Sub-Working Group II, Linus Thomas (Grenada) introduces  recommendations on participatory mechanisms and on the assessment of existing intellectual property rights instruments.


Indigenous Co-Chairs Earl Stevenson (Peguis First Nation) and Lucy  Mulenkei (African Indigenous Women Organization) agree with the reports of their fellow Co-Chairs and thank participating delegates for their efficient cooperation.

Delegates discussing the implications of a reference to WIPO's work on sui generis systems for the protection of traditional knowledge decided to leave the reference in the text that will go before COP6.

Togo, on behalf of the African Group, said that humanity had taken a step forward to protect nature, by protecting traditional knowledge and asked the Secretariat to support all local and indigenous communities.

Fiji, on behalf of the Pacific Islands, appreciated the opportunity to address difficulties developing countries had with the implementation of the Convention and asked for ongoing support.

Ecuador, on behalf of GRULAC, stressed the need for inter-cultural dialogue to bring local communities and governments closer.

Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the CBD, said the outcome of the meeting represented a positive step in the implementation of Article 8(j) and the Convention.

Chair Elaine Fisher on behalf of the President of the Bureau, thanked everybody involved in the organization and substantive undertakings of the Working Group and reminded everybody of the task ahead at COP6.

An indigenous knowledge holder closed the meeting by sharing his vision that all nations and indigenous peoples had to work together for the protection of their home, the Earth. Chair Fisher then gaveled the meeting to a close at 2.20 p.m.

ENB Snapshots:


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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