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CBD Addresses Cooperation Issues and Nairobi Work Programme at UNFCCC SBSTA 30

© CBD2 June 2009: Addressing the 30th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) currently taking place in Bonn, Germany, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) outlined activities related to cooperation with the UNFCCC, including the two meetings of the CBD Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change, and the ninth meeting of the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions.

On cooperation issues, the CBD representative highlighted difficulties in implementing the activities requested by the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) as a result of a lack of a corresponding mandate from the UNFCCC COP, and expressed the hope that SBSTA could advise the UNFCCC COP on ways and means to respond to the recommendations of both the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and CBD COP 9, including the suggested joint activities called for by parties to the CBD in decision IX/16. The CBD representative also called SBSTA to recommend how the Expert Group contributions on scientific and technical matters related to the links between biodiversity and climate change will be reviewed.

On the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, the Co-Chair of the AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change reported on the group's findings. He highlighted that the AHTEG's conclusions addressed: the vital role of biodiversity and ecosystem considerations in climate change adaptation; the emerging concept of ecosystem-based adaptation in UNFCCC discussions; the potential to reduce negative impacts and increase positive impacts of climate change adaptation; and the need for adaptation activities to enhance and take advantage of the natural adaptive capacity of species and ecosystems so as to increase the effectiveness of adaptation and reduce risks to biodiversity from climate change. [Statement on cooperation with other relevant international organizations] [Statement on the Nairobi Work Programme]