SBSTTA 15 is approaching rapidly. Two important things.
1. There will be a preparatory meeting on Sunday November 6
Open to all civil society organizations (NGOs, social movements, Indigenous organizations, etc)
TIME: 14:45 - 18:30 hrs
LOCATION: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
999 University Street (between Viger and St-Antoine)
H3C 5H7, Canada
Metro, line 2 – Orange - station Square-Victoria
You will have to register to attend this meeting, so please arrive early. Please note from the Secretariat:
"Conference badges with photographs will be issued at the registration counter located at
999 University from Saturday, 5 November onward, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Badges will be issued at the registration counter upon presentation of a valid passport or
an identification card with a photograph, along with a copy of the nomination letters" (see here for more detail - http://www.cbd.int/doc/meetings/sbstta/sbstta-15/other/sbstta-15-info-note-en.pdf )
2. We will be producing ECOs at the SBSTTA.
PLEASE prepare articles in advance, it would be especially nice to have articles focusing on events that have taken place since COP 10. Send articles (ideally 750 words, with an image), to
firstname.lastname@example.org as well as email@example.com.
The first meeting on the "IPBES" - the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Serivices is taking place this week in Nairobi at the UNEP headquarters.
The CBD Alliance will have some analysis on this important initiative in the coming weeks. One intervention made by Joji Carino from Tebtebba is below to whet your appetite.
STATEMENT ON WORK PROGRAMME - TEBTEBBA
(Indigenous Peoples International Centre for Policy Research and Education
Tebtebba sees the establishment of IPBES, as an opportunity for indigenous peoples and local communities to play a critical role in strengthening the knowledge platform to address the biodiversity and ecosystems crisis. In turn, collaboration with IPBES on assessments, knowledge generation and capacity-building activities would enhance indigenous peoples’ own knowledge and understanding, relevant for territorial and ecosystem management efforts and local livelihoods.
IPBES, as a knowledge platform must draw its strength from science and from other diverse knowledge systems, working in ways which are inter-cultural, collaborative, and complementary.
IPBES needs to embrace the “added value” from the contributions of diverse knowledge systems, and make a transition away from scientific models of validation and extraction towards other systems of knowledge.
Therefore, the work programme of IPBES must consciously embrace cultural and knowledge diversity, and also address the challenges presented by diverse knowledge systems.
A dialogue engaging indigenous peoples, scientists and governments at different levels, could begin to identify areas of collaboration and priorities to be included in the work programme.
An expert workshop can also focus on addressing the challenges around collaboration between scientists and traditional knowledge holders, including on indicators on status and trends in traditional knowledge, issues of access to traditional knowledge, documentation, and methods of validation, including the use of non-peer reviewed literature.
My organisation stands ready to collaborate with others in organising such activities.
What is the CBD Alliance?
The Convention on Biological Diversity Alliance - known as the CBD Alliance - is a loose network of activists and representatives from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), community based organizations (CBOs), social movements and Indigenous Peoples' organizations (IPOs) advocating for improved and informed participation in Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) processes.