Convention on Biological Diversity

Working Groups

Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Groups are created by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to work on specific issues that require a higher degree of focussed attention. The Working Groups provide recommendations to the COP for consideration and adoption.

Article 8(j)

At the 4th meeting of the COP, an Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group was established to address the implementation of Article 8 (j) and related provisions [decision IV/9, paragraph 1].

Article 8(j):

Each contracting Party shall, as far as possible and as appropriate:

Subject to national legislation, respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and promote their wider application with the approval and involvement of the holders of such knowledge, innovations and practices and encourage the equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of such knowledge innovations and practices.

Convention on Biological Diversity

The initial focus of WG8J was to draft a programme of work for consideration by the COP. The programme of work was adopted by the COP at its 5th meeting in decision V/16, paragraphs 1, 2. Following adoption of the programme of work, the mandate of the WG8J was extended to undertake specific tasks under the programme of work, to review progress on its implementation, and to make recommendations for further actions (decision V/16, paragraph 9).


At its seventh meeting in 2004 the Conference of the Parties established an Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI) in decision VII/30 paragraph 23.

WGRI was established as Parties recognized the need to more effectively evaluate implementation of the Convention and to monitor progress towards meeting the 2010 Target of the Strategic Plan. Its mandate is outlined in decision VII/30 and additional tasks for the WGRI are outlined in decision VII/26 and in recommendations of the SBSTTA.