SCBD Biodiversity Newsletter Call for Submissions

Members of civil society all over the world are invited to submit short articles for the next issue of [square brackets] newsletter on cutting edge biodiversity issues. Topics relate to the May 2010 meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) and the working group on CBD implementation.

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Call for contributions to [square brackets]

Submissions due 30 March 2010

[square brackets] is a newsletter produced jointly by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the CBD Alliance.

The newsletter is meant to facilitate timely dialogue among civil society stakeholders on cutting edge biodiversity issues, from both policy (advocacy and decision-making) and practical (implementation) perspectives. The 2nd Edition focused on ABS issues and was published just prior to the ABS and 8j negotiations in Montreal in November 2009.

We invite short articles from members of civil society all over the world (including non-governmental organizations, social movements, Indigenous organizations and representatives, local communities) for the next issue, that will focus on topics related to the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) and the Third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI 3), both being held in May 2010 at UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya.

Articles will be selected and edited by a volunteer editorial board consisting of representatives of Indigenous and non-governmental groups, and staff from the SCBD (see below for details of the editorial board ).  Potential contributors are advised to review the guidelines for articles appended below.

Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2010

Please send submissions electronically to both  and


Length: 700-800 words

Topics: This edition will be produced in conjunction with the upcoming SBSTTA 14 (documents and agenda), and to the WGRI 3 (documents and agenda). We welcome articles linked to the topics being addressed in relation to these meetings.  In particular, we seek articles that address the future of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the coming decades, such as: assessments of the 2010 Target, the post 2010 Strategic Plan, future targets and indicators, the Global Biodiversity Outlook, the Multi-year Programme of Work, and resource mobilisation/financial mechanism.

We also welcome articles on specific agenda items such as:

  • climate change and biodiversity (this includes REDD, issues of ocean fertilization, and relations between the Climate and Biodiversity Conventions)- marine and coastal biodiversity
  • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
  • biofuels and biodiversity
  • incentive measures
  • global taxonomy initiative
  • the proposed science-policy mechanism
  • innovative financial mechanisms
  • engagement with private sector
  • protected areas
  • sustainable use
  • mountain biodiversity
  • inland water biodiversity

If you strongly feel that issues that ought to have been on the agenda of these meetings have been left out, those issues may also be addressed.

Tone: Articles must be written in a constructive and analytical manner, and contribute to a deeper understanding of the issue.  Contributions must not identify or target particular Parties on issues under negotiation. Opinions are more than welcome, but total coverage of topic in the newsletter will aim to present diverse and balanced viewpoints and arguments that enable the readers to formulate their own informed opinion.

Editorial board 

Neil Pratt, SCBD 
Jessica Dempsey, CBD Alliance, Canada 
Holly Shrumm, Natural Justice, South Africa 
S Faizi, Indian Biodiversity Forum, India
Wally Menne, Timberwatch Coalition, South Africa 
Maurizio Farhan Ferrari, Forest Peoples Programme, UK 
Lucy Mulenkei, Indigenous Information Network, Kenya 
John Scott, SCBD, Australia
Ravi Sharma, SCBD, India



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