What is the SBSTA?
The SBSTA is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It
supports the work of the COP and the CMP through the provision of timely information and advice on
scientific and technological matters as they relate to the Convention or its Kyoto Protocol.
Key areas of work for the SBSTA are the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate
change; emissions from deforestation
and forest degradation in developing countries; promoting the development and transfer of
environmentally-friendly technologies; and conducting technical work to improve the guidelines for preparing and
reviewing greenhouse gas emission inventories from Annex I Parties. The SBSTA carries out
methodological work under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and promotes collaboration in the
field of research and systematic
observation of the climate system.