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DIVERSITAS activities at SBSTTA 18 (23-27 June 2014, Montreal, Canada)

DIVERSITAS and its partners held a number of activities prior and during SBSTTA18 of CBD, which took place 23 - 27 June 2014.

Expert Workshop on the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (GBO4), 21st of June 2014

In the morning of this workshop, jointly organised by CBD, DIVERSITAS/bioDISCOVERY and UNEP-WCMC, delegates attending SBSTTA18 were introduced to the different lines of evidence included in the GBO4 report, and had the opportunity to interact directly with a number of lead authors contributing to the technical support document. The afternoon was dedicated to round table discussions on overcoming obstacles to achieving the Aichi Targets, implementation of actions and communication of findings to a broader audience. Attendees found the workshop very informative and helpful, indicating that it considerable increased their understanding of the information captured in the assessment.

See agenda of the workshop.

Participants in the afternoon session of the expert workshop. © Krug

Presentation on GBO Technical Support Document in Plenary, 23rd of June 2014

Paul Leadley (University Paris Sud, Chair of bioDISCOVERY) gave a plenary presentation in the opening Session of SBSTTA. He demonstrated that although we are moving in the right direction, we will miss most targets by 2020 if no stronger actions are taken. Using chapter 9 on Target 9 (Invasive Species), he further illustrated the different lines of evidence used in the technical support document, and showed a number of country actions that are taken towards achieving this Aichi Target. The presentation was well received by delegates, and referred to in a number of country's statements.

See his presentation.

Paul Leadley delivering plenary lecture. © IISD reporting service


Side event "Perspectives from the IPCC and the CBD on climate change and biodiversity: impacts, adaptation and vulnerability"

Paul Leadley was also invited to present on his experiences in the IPCC 5th assessment at the side event organised by the CBD secretariat, which provided insights into the linkages between biodiversity and climate change.

See his presentation.

Side event "Fostering Synergies Between Biodiversity and Human Health: towards the post-2015 Development Agenda", Thursday 23rd of June 2014

The side event was jointly organised by S-CBD, DIVERSITAS, EcoHealth Alliance, UNEP and Bioversity. Delegates heard about case studies from the State of Knowledge Review in preparation to showcasing co-benefits and collaborative opportunities at the intersect of biodiversity and human health, ranging from common drivers of biodiversity loss and disease emergence to the importance of biodiversity to food and nutrition security. The relations to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the post-2015 Development agenda were also discussed.

See agenda of the side event.

See the side event's presentations:

© IISD reporting service

DIVERSITAS statements at SBSTTA18

DIVERSITAS delivered a series of statements on the following topics


Global Youth Biodiversity Network to collaborate with DIVERSITAS on communication of findings of GBO4

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network successfully negotiated funding from Sweden and Norway to disseminate the findings of the GBO4 to a broader community. Under the leadership of Melina Sakiyama (who is also Science Officer of the DIVERSITAS bioGENESIS project) and Christian Schwarzer. The Global Youth Biodiversity Network will work with DIVERSITAS, and bioDISCOVERY in particular, to make the findings of the GBO4 more accessible to a larger audience.

Melina Sakiyama (DIVERSITAS bioGENESIS Science Officer) delivering the final statement on behalf of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network. © IISD reporting services.

For more information on the outcomes of SBSTTA18, read the IISD Summary of CBD WIGRI5 and SBSTTA18.

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