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Fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions

15-19 October 2007
Montreal, Canada

Highlights from Thursday, 18 October


On Thursday, delegates met in two sub-working group (SWGs) throughout the day. SWG I considered the action plan on traditional knowledge (TK), the composite report, and an international regime on access and benefit-sharing (ABS). SWG II adopted draft recommendations on mechanisms for participation, indicators for TK, and sui generis systems for TK protection, and continued deliberations on an ethical code of conduct. Contact groups met in the evening to continue work on the international ABS regime and the ethical code of conduct.
Photo: SWG II Co-Chair Nicola Breier consults with delegates

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) and the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing will be available on Monday, 22 October 2007.

Sub-Working Group I


Regarding the composite report, Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu, Cameroon (left), asked to specify that climate change is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. SWG I Co-Chairs Estabancio Castro Diaz and Deon Alexander Stewart (right)

Regarding the preamble of the composite report, the EU (above), supported specifying that addressing climate change is within the CBD's mandate and asked that impacts of response activities also be considered.


SWG I Co-Chair Estabancio Castro Diaz with a delegate after the adjournment of the SWG (left). Matthias Buck, EU (right), during the afternoon discussions on the international ABS regime.


Delegates huddle outside the conference rooms to discuss proposals.

SWG I Co-Chair Deon Alexander Stewart with Secretariat staff.
Sub-Working Group II
The dais during SWG II
Canada (left) and the EU (right) consulting on New Zealand's proposal on indicators, which suggested specifying that the draft elements are voluntary, and intended as guidance for developing codes of ethical conduct for research, access to, use, exchange, and management of information concerning TK protection and use.

Regarding New Zealand's proposal on an ethical code of conduct, Merle Alexander, Dena Kayeh Institute, for the Canadian Indigenous Biodiversity Network (left), and Cosima Hufler, Austria, for the EU (center), suggested specifying that the elements provide guidance in interactions with indigenous and local communities and for the development of local, national and regional codes in accordance with the objectives of the convention.Erik Mugurusi, Tanzania (right), suggested referencing beneficiaries or actors.

SWG I Co-Chair Nicola Breier consulting with EU delegates (left). Tone Solhaug, Norway (center), reported back on results of the ethical code of conduct contact group. Delegates negotiating text during SWG II (right).
Side Event: Traditional Knowledge, Folklore and Genetic Resources: Development at WIPO and Other Multilateral Fora
Le'a Malia Kaneche, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism. and Valerie Etim, WIPO.
Dalindyebo Shabalala, CIEL.
Side Event: Indigenous Women's Environment Network


Lucy Mulenkei, Global Forest Coaltion, Kenya (left), and Florina Lopez, Foundation for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge (right).
Lorenza Daguitan, International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests, Philippines (right).
Miscellaneous Photos
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