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CBD Notification: Review of the Work Programme on Mountain Biodiversity

Review of implementation of the CBD programme of work on mountain biological diversity 23 July 2008: In a 23 July 2008 Notification, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting parties

and relevant organizations to provide information on the status and trends of,

and threats to, mountain biological diversity, and progress made in the

implementation of the Programme of Work on Mountain Biological Diversity for

consideration by the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,

Technical and Technological Advice, tentatively scheduled to be held in

May/June 2010 in Bonn, Germany.

In

the matrix annexed to the notification, which interested parties are encouraged

to use to provide feedback, two specific goals relate to climate change. The

first is the goal to prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats

to mountain biological diversity, including: adverse land-use practices; global

climate change; deforestation; inappropriate reforestation or afforestation;

human-induced forest fires; retreat of glaciers; and local and long-range air pollution.

One of the proposed indicative questions for the implementation review of this

goal concerns the existence of mechanisms to monitor the impact of climate

change and retreat of glaciers. The second goal relates to improving knowledge

on, and methods for the assessment and monitoring of, the status and trends of

mountain biological diversity. In this regard, the Secretariat has request

interested parties to address measures taken to assess and address impacts of

climate change, local and long-range pollution, changing land-use management

practices, and tourism. [The notification]