cbd sbsttaDecember 15, 2021
Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to the CBD (SBSTTA): Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA is to report regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. Multidisciplinary and open to participation by all Parties, SBSTTA comprises government representatives competent in the relevant field of expertise. Its functions include: providing assessments of the status of biological diversity; providing assessments of the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention; and responding to questions that the COP may put to the body.
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives: 1. The conservation of biological diversity 2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity 3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): Following a gap analysis and three intergovernmental and multi-stakeholders meetings convened between 2008 and 2010, it was determined that there was a need for a new platform to fill in the gaps in the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. IPBES will respond to requests for scientific information related to biodiversity and ecosystem services from Governments, relevant multilateral environmental agreements and United Nations bodies, as well as other relevant stakeholders. At its second plenary meeting in Panama City in April 2012, IPBES was officially established and the city of Bonn in Germany elected to host the Secretariat.
For general information about the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative, please visit: https://globalforestcoalition.org/resources/supporting-community-conservation/
To access the documents referenced in this position paper, please visit: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-22 and www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-02.
This position paper highlights key issues and identifies ways to strengthen the draft recommendations to more appropriately recognise conservation by Indigenous peoples and local communities. It draws on the recommendations and perspectives of Indigenous peoples and local communities involved in the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) from 2015-2017. The CCRI aims to contribute to the implementation of the CBD Aichi Targets by providing policy advice on effective and appropriate forms of support for conservation and restoration initiatives by Indigenous peoples and local communities. Coordinated by the Global Forest Coalition (GFC), the CCRI has been supporting more than 65 communities in 22 countries to assess their own conservation efforts and to identify forms of support needed to sustain and strengthen them.
Download the policy recommendations in English (web quality) and in French (web quality).
Cover page photos: Environment around Los Maklenkes Reserve, Colombia (CENSAT/GFC); Local varieties yield a good harvest in Tajikistan (Noosfera/GFC); Women from the Bambuti Babuluko Pygmy community in DRC (PIDP-KIVU/GFC); Prayer of gratitude by Rabha women before a feast, Buxa‐Chilapata, India (Souparna Lahiri/GFC)
Infographic on page 7: Oliver Munnion (GFC)
For more information about this position paper and our activities at SBSTTA-22 and SBI-2, please contact: Simone Lovera, PhD, Executive Director, GFC: [email protected] Holly Jonas, Legal Team Coordinator, CCRI, GFC: [email protected] Mrinalini Rai, Indigenous advisor, GFC: [email protected]
The 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-22) and the 2nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-2) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held from 2-7 July and 9-13 July 2018, respectively, in Montréal, Canada. SBSTTA-22 and SBI-2 will consider issues ranging from protected areas and other conservation measures and climate change to progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan and preparation for the post-2020 biodiversity framework.
Our activities have been made possible through generous support of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), EU DEVCO, The Christensen Fund and the Siemenpuu Foundation. The views expressed in this document are not necessarily those of our contributors.
Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), together with MPAs, are an important element under the current Target 2 of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. CBD Decision 14/8 calls for OECMs mainstreaming into sectors, including fisheries. Guidance is provided in the Decision and supplementary guidance has been developed by IUCN-WCPA. Specific guidance for the use of OECMs in the fishery sector has been developed by the IUCN-CEM Fisheries Expert Group (FEG) (Rice et al., 2018; Garcia et al, 2019; Garcia et al, 2020). The available guidance for OECMs identification in that sector has been recently tested in the North Atlantic, in an ICES-FEG working group (15-24/03/2021). This event will briefly present the results obtained through 5 case studies as a basis for a discussion around selected key implementation issues. The discussion will start with reactions from selected panellists and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.