In decision VII/30, the Conference of the Parties established goals and sub-targets for each of the identified focal areas
to promote coherence among the programmes of work of the Convention.
The goals and sub-targets are to be integrated into the various programmes of work using the general approach set out below, starting with the programmes of work of inland water biodiversity and of marine and coastal biodiversity, and continuing with the other programmes of work when these are reviewed according to the multi-year programme of work of the Conference of the Parties.
Note that the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation contains 16 outcome-oriented targets
adopted by Decision VI/9.
General Approach for the Integration of Targets into the Programmes of Work of the Convention
The following steps would be carried out: for each thematic programme of work, and for other programmes of work, as appropriate:
- Vision, mission and outcome-oriented targets:
- Identification of the overall vision (or long-term goal) to be ultimately achieved for the biome/issue covered by the programme of work, consistent with the Purpose of the Strategic Plan;
- Identification of a 2010 outcome-oriented global target specific to the scope of the programme of work and consistent with the mission of the Strategic Plan;
- Identification of a limited number of outcome-oriented targets related to the status and trends of biodiversity and its components, threats to biodiversity, and goods and services provided by biodiversity and ecosystems within the scope of the programme of work. Where appropriate, quantitative sub-targets should be established. The targets should be assigned to a number of goals according to the proposed headings in annex II above. Where possible the sub-targets of annex II above should be incorporated into the work programmes without modification to avoid unnecessary proliferation of targets. Where appropriate, identification of targets could draw upon the approach used to develop the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. However, this process does not imply that all targets in annex II and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation should be applied in every programme of work. Rather, targets may highlight broad strategic issues and/or particularly urgent priority issues, and each target should be associated with one or more indicators, which can draw upon existing data.
- Relationship between the programme of work, its targets, and other processes:
- Examination of how the programme of work contributes to particular Millennium Development Goals and associated targets;
- A brief analysis of how the programme of work, and its targets, relates to the elements of the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, categorizing such elements as follows:
- Elements to be integrated into the programme of work (these elements should be fully within the scope of the programme of work), specifying which of these represent outcome-oriented biodiversity related targets;
- Elements which complement the goals of the programme of work; and
- Elements representing goals to which the programme of work contributes;
- A brief analysis of how the programme of work, and its targets, relates to the objectives, plans and targets of other multilateral environmental agreements and other relevant agreements, using the same categorization as in subparagraph (b) (ii) above;
- Intermediate output- or process-oriented targets, milestones and deadlines for the activities of the programme of work: Identification of a number of process- or output-oriented targets, milestones and deadlines, relating to the specific objectives, programme elements, and/or activities of the programme of work, according to the structure and needs of each programme of work.