Options for cooperation
There exist many avenues for further enhancing cooperation among
the biodiversity-related Conventions. The challenge will be to do so in a
manner that adds value to existing efforts, making use of the relative strengths
of each convention without duplicating work.
Ideas include, but are not limited to:
- Enhancing contributions
to achieving and monitoring progress towards the 2010
in the development of a Global
Partnership for Biodiversity.
national reporting processes to increase information quality and
reduce the reporting burden on Parties.
national implementation, through, for example, increased coordination
among national focal points of the various conventions.
common approaches to addressing the major threats to biodiversity, as
identified by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (i.e., climate change,
land use change, invasive species, overexploitation and pollution).
- Working to
integrate biodiversity concerns into the implementation of the Millennium
Development Goals and the development
process more generally, emphasizing the links between environmental sustainability
requests to scientific assessments, and sharing scientific expertise
and tasks among the conventions.
- Sharing criteria,
guidelines and definitions to promote coherence.
These and other options for cooperation are drawn from:
- the meetings
of the Biodiversity Liaison Group
- the joint paper
of the secretariats of the biodiversity-related conventions on ‘Options for
enhanced cooperation among the biodiversity-related conventions’ (UNEP/CBD/WGRI/1/7/Add.2).
- the final report
of the ‘Expert workshop promoting CITES-CBD
Cooperation and Synergy’ (Vilm, Germany, 20-24 April 2004). The full workshop
proceedings are also available.
- the documents
of the Regional Workshop for
Africa on Synergy among the Rio Conventions and Other Biodiversity-Related Conventions
in Implementing the Programmes of Work on Dry and Sub-humid Lands and
Agrobiodiversity (Gaborone, 13-17 September 2004).
and Cooperation: Status report on activities promoting synergies and cooperation
between Multilateral Environmental Agreements, in particular biodiversity-related
conventions, and related mechanisms’, prepared by UNEP-WCMC.
These and additional documents relating to cooperation among the conventions
are available here .