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Director Roland B. Modina and Assistant Director Dante M. Aquino of the Regional Network for Indigenous Peoples in Southeast Asia (RNIP) attended the meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Granada, Spain held from 23-27 January 2006. They attended as CSO representatives and observers. Dr. Gerard A. Persoon and Drs. Myrna Eindhoven of the CML Institute of Environmental SciencesLeiden University, Project Leader and Project Assistant of the RNIP also attended the conference as representatives of the Netherlands government and as a part of the European Union delegation.

The conference was organized by the UNEP and attended by country-representatives of the United Nations, UN bodies, international and regional institutions, including CSO-, NGO-, and IP-representatives from various IP regions of the world. The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity established the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions. The Working Group held its first meeting in Seville, Spain, from 27 to 31 March 2000. The second and third meetings of the Working Group on Article 8(j) took place in Montreal from 4 to 8 February 2002 and from 8 to 12 December 2003, respectively.

The Conference of Parties decided that one meeting of the Working should be organized to ensure further advancement of the implementation of the work programme on Article 8(j) and related provisions. Hence the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) took place from 23-27 January 2006 in GranadaSpain. The meeting was held back-to-back with the fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (30 January - 3 February 2006).

Two sessional sub-working groups were organized, with co-chairs elected for each group at the first plenary session of the meeting. Each sub-working group was assigned to tackle specific items in the agenda in their respective sessions but would report back to plenary.

The items in the agenda included:

(1) Report of progress in the implementation of the Programme of Work on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions,
Report on progress in the integration of relevant tasks of the programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions in the thematic programmes of work of the convention on biological diversity, (3) Composite report on the status and trends regarding the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities, relavant to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and elements for a plan of action for the retention of such knowledge, innovations and practices,
international regime on access and benefit-sharing: collaboration with the ad hoc working group on access and benefit sharing,
(5) participatory mechanisms for indigenous and local communities in the work of the convention, (6) development of elements of sui generis systems for the protection of the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities,
(7) ethical code of conduct to ensure respect for the cultural and intellectual heritage of indigenous and local communities,
(8) potential socio-economic impacts of genetic use restriction technologies (GURTs) on indigenous and local communities,
(9) indicators for assessing progress towards the 2010 biodiversity target: status of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices, and
recommendations of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The proceedings at the group plenary and sub-group sessions highlighted IP issues and the various concerns affecting IPs particularly in relation to international policy like that of the United Nations. The implications of these to the regional and national contexts are important and useful to RNIP.


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