By Kebaabetswe Keoagile
It started with the long flights and landing in Montreal reminded me of the time in January, 2017 when arriving in Dresden for the Centre for Postgraduate Studies on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging countries (CIPSEM). Of course the excitement will always be there but coming in winter time was a different story. The cold, the snow all brought back the memories in Dresden and made me think of the “onion principle” as Joyce Kiruri from Kenya will put it.
The twenty first meeting of the Subsidiary body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 21) and the Tenth meeting of the Ad-hoc open ended working group on article 8j and related provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met from the 11thto the 16th December, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. The meetings provided the basis for negotiations for the 2018 Conference of Parties.
SBSTTA provides the Conference of the Parties(CoP) with timely advice relating to the implementation of the convention. It comprises government representatives competent in the relevant field of expertise and are mandated to provide assessments of the status of biodiversity (BD), provide assessments of the types of measures taken and responding to the questions that the CoP may put before them.
Items covered during the meeting were:
- Scenarios for the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity
- Sustainable wildlife management: Guidance for achieving a more sustainable bushmeat sector
- Biodiversity and human health
- Fifth Edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook: Considerations for its preparation
- Tools to evaluate the effectiveness of policy instruments for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
- New and emerging issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity
- Mainstreaming of biodiversity into the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing industry, and health: scientific and technical considerations and use of the programmes of work of the convention.
On the other hand, working group on article 8j is also open to all parties and, indigenous and local communities’ representatives which play a full and active role of its work. Issues of Traditional Knowledge are considered as cross cutting that is said to affect many aspects of BD. The working group has raised the profile of indigenous peoples and local communities’ issues and developed guidelines and tools on TK.
Items covered during the meeting were:
- The Rutzolijirisaxik Voluntary Guidelines for the Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge Relevant for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity
- Glossary of relevant key terms and concepts within the context of Article 8(j) and related provisions
- Finalization of tasks 7 and 12 of the revised multi-year programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions
- Progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 18 on traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use of biodiversity
- Integration of Article 8(j) and provisions related to indigenous peoples and local communities in the work of the Convention and its Protocols
- Recommendations from the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to the Convention on Biological Diversity
- In-depth dialogue on thematic areas and other cross-cutting issues
- Sustainable Wildlife Management: Guidance for A Sustainable Wild Meat Sector
For more information and outcomes of the meetings please visit www.cbd.int
All aimed at implementation of the Convention strategic plan…
Giving a statement on behalf of my country in support of the Africa position on agenda item, “Sustainable wildlife management: Guidance for achieving a more sustainable bushmeat sector” and saying, ‘Thank you madam chair…’ brought back the CIPSEM 40 memories especially the exercises we did at the Island of Vilm on CBD negotiations. Thanks to the facilitators I was able to use the knowledge to prepare for these meetings and impart it to the other stakeholders (delegates) from my country.
Another highlight was the reunion with Marle Patricia Aguilar Ponce from Honduras. It was a moment of craziness and happiness just seeing each other after the course. We met over lunch to catch up!