JNCC plays its part in international rescue

Malaysia hosts the Convention on Biological Diversity


The next meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity takes place in February 2004 in Malaysia. The Convention's objectives are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic Steve Gibson©JNCCresources. JNCC Support Unit staff provide scientific advice to Defra on the Convention, and have this year been ably supported by specialists from the country agencies.

Of particular interest to the JNCC, and to be discussed in Malaysia, is the work currently underway on:
  • developing work programmes on protected areas and mountain ecosystems; meeting the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) 2010 target and developing indicators to support this;
  • developing guidelines on sustainable use (the first time the Convention has significantly addressed this, its middle pillar);
  • elaboration of the ecosystem approach.


Paul Rose, the Head of JNCC's Biodiversity Information Service, and Steve Gibson, International Adviser, who lead the Support Unit input to the Convention were assisted by attendance at Convention technical group meetings by Vin Fleming, Head of International Unit, on sustainable use; John Holmes and Mike Harley of English Nature on protected areas and climate change respectively; and Des Thompson of Scottish Natural Heritage on mountain ecosystems. Many other Support Unit specialists contributed to other issues.
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