COP 5 Philippine Decision PDF Print E-mail


The 5th Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the UNCBD was held in Nairobi, Kenya from May 15-26, 2001. The Sub-Committee on Biodiversity of the PCSD prepared a briefing on positions as a guide for the Philippine delegation to said COP5.

The briefing paper expressed support for the following recommendations of the SBSTTA of the Convention: 1) the establishment of a global taxonomy initiative (GTI) to facilitate international cooperation and coordination of activities; 2) the establishment of a program of work on the biodiversity of dryland, arid, semi-arid, grassland and savannah ecosystems; 3) development of guiding principles for the prevention of the impact of alien species and identification of priority areas of work on isolated ecosystems and giving further recommendations to the Global Invasive Species Program; 4) incorporation of biological diversity concerns on environmental impact assessments; 5) development of approaches and practices for the sustainable use of biological resources including tourism; 6) endorsement of the draft program of work on agricultural biodiversity with program elements such as assessment, adaptive management, capacity-building, and mainstreaming; 7) endorsement of the application of the ecosystem approach in the context of activities developed within the thematic areas of the CBD and national policies and legislations; 8) implementation of the pending activities set out in the work program on indicators of biological diversity; 9) the establishment of guidelines for future national reports to include indicators and incentive measures; 10) endorsement of the immediate implementation of the strategic plan for the CHM as part of the overall strategic plan of the CBD; 11) endorsement of the proposed 2000-2001 joint work plan of the CBD and the Ramsar Convention; 12) endorsement the outputs of the Convention’s program on marine and coastal biodiversity; 13) implementation of the work program for forest biodiversity and its expansion from research to practical action; and 14) recommend necessary preparations for the meeting of the panel of experts on access and benefit-sharing including the agenda on access and benefit-sharing arrangements for scientific and commercial purposes, review of legislative, administrative, and regulatory measures, and review of incentive and capacity-building measures.