UNITAR has great interest in working together with UNESCO and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the area of training personnel concerning the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable utilization of biological resources.
UNITAR conducts work on training and capacity-building for developing countries and countries in transition in the field of biodiversity law, including in cooperation with UNESCO and its World Heritage Centre.
Recent activities include the publication of two courses of correspondence instruction on the international law of biodiversity and implementation requirements (Nos. 6 and 14); ecosystem management guidelines; an annual training workshop for Asia and the Pacific on Biodiversity Law (at Kushiro in Japan, held in cooperation with the World Heritage Convention); a regional workshop on ecosystem management held in Thailand (in cooperation with UNESCO-Jakarta); and national training workshops on biodiversity law in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Laos, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.
In cooperation with the Convention Secretariat, UNITAR is developing a proposal for a training package concerning the Biosafety Protocol which will include national projects and regional workshops in Mexico, Argentina, Senegal, South Africa, India and the Philippines.
In cooperation with UNESCO's offices in Jakarta and Samoa UNITAR is also in the process of developing a regional training workshop on legal aspects of coastal zone management that will give special emphasis to biodiversity.
UNITAR shall look forward to cooperating with UNESCO and the Convention on Biological Diversity as the programme under consideration is further developed.
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