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CBD Launches Online Discussion on Biodiversity and Climate Change

CBD Launches Online Discussion on Biodiversity and Climate Change 26 September 2008: In preparation for the first meeting of

the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate Change,

to be held from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK, the Secretariat of the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is launching an internet-based

discussion group at: http://www.cbd.int/climate/forums/public/.

The discussion group will run from 6-10 October 2008, and then on the basis of

a compilation of views for additional questions, from 13-17 October 2008. In

addition to the discussion group, parties are invited to submit views on ways

to integrate biodiversity consideration into climate-change related activities,

from 6-17 October 2008, at: http://www.cbd.int/climate/forums/party/.

The first meeting of the AHTEG will address scientific and technical matters

concerning the links between biodiversity and climate change with regard to

identifying risks and vulnerabilities, and impacts and opportunities from

climate change mitigation.

The discussion group will seek views from

governments and relevant organizations on: tools or methodologies that can be

employed to assesses the vulnerability of biodiversity to climate change; steps

taken to mobilize components of biodiversity to reduce risk and damage

associated with climate change impacts; steps taken to realize multiple

benefits for carbon sequestration, and biodiversity conservation and

sustainable use in a range of ecosystems; tools or methodologies that can be

employed to ensure that actions for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; and

information on assessing and addressing possible negative impacts on

biodiversity and /or livelihoods of indigenous and local communities that may

arise from reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. [CBD

notification]