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Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI 2)

9-13 July 2007 | Paris, France

Highlights for Monday, 9 July 2007

The second meeting of the Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI 2) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on Monday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Delegates met in plenary to hear opening statements, address organizational matters, and consider issues relating to the implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), and priority areas for capacity-building actions.


Opening Statements

  From left to right: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, Chair of WGRI Ambassador Antônio José Rezende de Castro, Brazil, and David Cooper, CBD Secretariat.  
  Monique Barbut, GEF CEO/Chairperson, noted that her presence reflected the GEF’s intention to renew and revitalize dialogue with the CBD.   Walter Erdelen, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, highlighted points critical to the implementation of the CBD.  
  Robert McLean, Canada.   Maria Elisa Oliveira, Portugal, on behalf of the EU.  

NBSAPs: Status and Implementation

  Pedro Ivo Arriegas, Portugal, on behalf of the EU, prioritized practical implementation of the Convention.   Emmanuel Bayani Ngoyi, Gabon, on behalf of several Central African countries, requested enhanced financial resources to update NBSAPs.  
  Sujata Arora, India, recommended cyclical biodiversity planning and periodical updates of NBSAPs, to include the 2010 biodiversity target and the ecosystem approach.   Jimena Nieto, Colombia, called for fully incorporating ABS in NBSAPs.   Luz María Ortiz, Mexico, called for initiatives to apply the Monterrey Consensus on Financing for Development.  
  Gert Willemse, South Africa.   Rawson Piniel Yonazi, Tanzania.   Abdul-Hakim Aulaiah, Yemen.  
  José Luis Sutera, Argentina, emphasized the need to obtain new and additional, domestic and international, resources for implementation.   Shirin Karryeva, Turkmenistan, highlighted the need to update NBSAPs to reflect, among others, the ecosystem approach, the 2010 target, and climate change considerations.  
  Lyle Glowka, CMS Secretariat, reported efforts to assist parties in integrating migratory species provisions into their NBSAPs.   Joji Cariño, Tebtebba Foudation, encouraged regional workshops on CBD implementation for indigenous peoples.  

Guidance for NBSAP Development, Implementation and Evaluation

  Nabil Hamada, Tunisia (left), and Aimée Mpambara, Rwanda (right), supported consolidating draft recommendations to avoid duplication.  
  Claudine Ramiarison, Madagascar, emphasized the economic contributions of biodiversity.   James Seyani, Malawi.   Letchumanan Ramatha, Malaysia, called for text on aligning NBSAPs with other biodiversity-related strategies.  
  Rolf Hogan, WWF.   Christine von Weizsäcker, ECOROPA.  

Priority Areas for Capacity Building

GEF CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut responded to questions from WGRI 2 participants.
  Erum Hasan, Canada, emphasized identifying technologies that create synergies in the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).   Hesiquio Benitez, Mexico, requested further documentation and analysis before making a recommendation to the COP.  

Side Event: WGRI Dialogue with the GEF CEO/Chairperson




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