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CBD Invites Input for Island Biodiversity POW Review

15 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited island Parties and Parties with islands to provide information for the in-depth review of the implementation of the Programme of Work on island biodiversity.

The review will be undertaken by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) at its 16th meeting, tentatively scheduled for May 2012. The review will measure progress in the implementation of the island biodiversity Programme of Work (annex to Decision VIII/1). It will focus on: the extent of implementation; status and trends of island biodiversity and drivers of change; constraints to implementation; activities and views of relevant organizations; and key responses and suggestions to maximize the contribution of the POW to the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan of the Convention and its goals and targets.

Island Parties that have not yet submitted their national reports are strongly urged to do so; in addition, island Parties and Parties with islands are invited to submit additional information, to supplement and/or update the information in their national reports. To facilitate a consistent assessment of progress toward each of the Aichi Targets of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020, the CBD Secretariat has provided a matrix for Parties to use in their reports, to be submitted by 29 April 2011. [The Notification]