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SBSTTA 5 Recommendation V/12
Retired sections:

Sustainable use of the components of biological diversity: identification of sectoral activities that could adopt biodiversity-friendly practices and technologies

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice recommends that the Conference of the Parties at its fifth meeting:

1. Reminds Parties to integrate, as far as possible and as appropriate, the sustainable use of biological diversity into their relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programmes, policies and national biodiversity strategies and action plans, in accordance with Articles 6(b) and 10 of the Convention, and taking into account the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and the principles of the ecosystem approach;

2. Requests the Executive Secretary to gather, compile and disseminate through the clearing-house mechanism and other means, case-studies on best practices and lessons learned from the use of biological diversity under the thematic areas of the Convention, drawing on the experience of Parties, Governments and relevant organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and including, in particular, the Sustainable Use Initiative of IUCN-The World Conservation Union;

3. Requests the Executive Secretary to assemble, drawing from an assessment of the case-studies in paragraph 2 above, practical principles, operational guidelines and associated instruments which would assist Parties and Governments to develop ways to achieve the sustainable use of biological diversity, within the framework of the ecosystem approach;

4. Notes the important linkages with the programmes of work on indicators (recommendation V/11) and incentive measures and that appropriate indicators and incentive measures are essential elements in developing effective approaches to the sustainable use of biological diversity;

5. Commends to the Executive Secretary the process used to develop the ecosystem approach and requests the Executive Secretary to adapt that process for the work on sustainable use, and report on its progress under paragraphs 2 and 3 above for discussion by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its seventh meeting;

6. Invites Parties, Governments and organizations to undertake appropriate actions to assist other Parties to increase their capacity to implement the sustainable-use objective at regional, national and local levels. Appropriate actions may include:

(a) Workshops;

(b) Assistance to Parties in the identification of sectors where priority action is required;

(c) Assistance to Parties in the development of appropriate action plans;

(d) Information dissemination and appropriate technology transfer under mutually agreed terms.

Sustainable use of the components of biological diversity: identification of sectoral activities that could adopt biodiversity-friendly practices and technologies

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice recommends that the Conference of the Parties at its fifth meeting:

1. Reminds Parties to integrate, as far as possible and as appropriate, the sustainable use of biological diversity into their relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programmes, policies and national biodiversity strategies and action plans, in accordance with Articles 6(b) and 10 of the Convention, and taking into account the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and the principles of the ecosystem approach;

2. Requests the Executive Secretary to gather, compile and disseminate through the clearing-house mechanism and other means, case-studies on best practices and lessons learned from the use of biological diversity under the thematic areas of the Convention, drawing on the experience of Parties, Governments and relevant organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and including, in particular, the Sustainable Use Initiative of IUCN-The World Conservation Union;

3. Requests the Executive Secretary to assemble, drawing from an assessment of the case-studies in paragraph 2 above, practical principles, operational guidelines and associated instruments which would assist Parties and Governments to develop ways to achieve the sustainable use of biological diversity, within the framework of the ecosystem approach;

4. Notes the important linkages with the programmes of work on indicators (recommendation V/11) and incentive measures and that appropriate indicators and incentive measures are essential elements in developing effective approaches to the sustainable use of biological diversity;

5. Commends to the Executive Secretary the process used to develop the ecosystem approach and requests the Executive Secretary to adapt that process for the work on sustainable use, and report on its progress under paragraphs 2 and 3 above for discussion by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its seventh meeting;

6. Invites Parties, Governments and organizations to undertake appropriate actions to assist other Parties to increase their capacity to implement the sustainable-use objective at regional, national and local levels. Appropriate actions may include:

(a) Workshops;

(b) Assistance to Parties in the identification of sectors where priority action is required;

(c) Assistance to Parties in the development of appropriate action plans;

(d) Information dissemination and appropriate technology transfer under mutually agreed terms.

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