IMOSEB steering committee meeting, February 2006

15/03/2006

International Mechanism Of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity

IMOSEB -- the international mechanism of scientific expertise on biodiversity -- took a step forwards at a recent meeting of its steering committee in Paris, hosted by the French government on 21 and 22 February 2006 at the French National Museum of Natural History. The meeting was attended by representatives of governments, scientists, international organisations, and some MEAs including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the Convention on Migratory Species, the World Heritage Convention, as well as the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme. The Secretary General, Peter Bridgewater, represented the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

While the meeting made progress in understanding the need for increased efforts in collecting and managing science information, there was some difference of views concerning the needs of this information for implementing conservation and wise use of biological diversity as opposed to the need for further assessments of the status and trends of biodiversity. We will need to think through this carefully from the point of view of the Ramsar Convention, but it would be appropriate to examine how the work of the Millennium Assessment might be continued.

In the IMOSEB process there is a clear way forward through a consultative process to last a year and a half to develop the next phase, in which we all should benefit. The French authorities should be thanked for their continued support for this process, and Ramsar certainly looks forward to being part of it. More details can be found at http://www.imoseb.net/ .Two photographs show the group hard at work deliberating, even over lunch!


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