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CBD Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change Publishes Draft Findings

28 November 2008: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including experts from 14 different countries, convened from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK. The discussions focused on two main themes: the impacts of climate change on biodiversity; and biodiversity and climate change mitigation.

The draft findings of the meeting address: climate change and

biodiversity interactions; impacts of climate change on biodiversity;

biodiversity and climate change mitigation through land use, land-use

change and forestry (LULUCF) activities including Reduced Emissions

from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD); and biodiversity and

climate change mitigation through renewable energy technologies and

geo-engineering.

The draft findings are being distributed by the

meeting's Co-Chair, Robert Watson, at the 29th session of the

Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice to the UNFCCC,

which takes place in Poznan, Poland, in December 2008. The main

findings will also be presented during a side event organized by the

Secretariat of the CBD, on the margins of the 14th meeting of the

Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, on 8 December 2008. [The draft findings]