ENGO Writer and Editor for Biological Diversity Survey Summary
When: February 4, 2009 to end of March 2009
As a Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Canada must report every four years on implementation of the Convention. Given that Canada’s 4th National Report will reflect the contributions of all relevant sectors of society, Environment Canada’s Biodiversity Convention Office (EC-BCO) has requested the RCEN to conduct a survey to solicit ENGO views with respect to progress, challenges, lessons learned and biodiversity priorities in the post 2010 period. A summary of the survey results will be included in the 4th National CBD Report and will be presented and discussed at a multi-stakeholder meeting in Ottawa in March 2009.
Selected Survey Summary Writer:
- Tracy Glynn, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
- Alternate: Olivier Kolmel, Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec
The role of the writer is to:
- Compile survey results by March 2nd
- Write summary of survey results by March 16th
- Assist in a multi-stakeholder meeting organized by Environment Canada’s Biodiversity Convention Office
Selected Survey Summary Editor:
- Meghan de Graff, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
The role of the editor is to:
- Edit summary of survey results by March 24th
- Possibly assist in a multi-stakeholder meeting organized by Environment Canada’s Biodiversity Convention Office
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was negotiated with a view to mitigate biodiversity loss on a global scale. The CBD, which was implemented on December 29, 1993, now includes 189 Parties (188 nations and the European Community). The Conference of the Parties of the CBD chose to establish the CBD Secretariat in Montreal.
The objectives of the Convention are biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of biological resources, and the equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. Within the framework of the Convention, Parties address various aspects of biodiversity. The CBD focuses its analyses and activities around ecosystems, and particularly forest, arid lands and marine ecosystems. Some of the main issues tackled by the CBD include the study of the Convention’s application; protected areas; biosecurity; exotic invasive species; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.