CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Convenes

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 17 November 2008: Addressing the first meeting of the Ad Hoc

Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is meeting from 17-21 November

2008, in London, UK, CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf recalled that the

Group's objective is to provide biodiversity-relevant information to the UNFCCC

through the provision of scientific and technical advice and assessment on the

integration of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into

climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.

He noted that the meeting

will focus on two key challenges, namely: identifying the impacts of climate

change on biodiversity, including recognizing vulnerable components of

biodiversity; and further elaborating the positive and negative links between

biodiversity and climate change mitigation. He stressed that the AHTEG

deliberations will form a critical contribution to the UNFCCC's evolving processes,

helping to build efficient carbon markets and effective response mechanisms. [The

Statement] [Meeting