POWIB Champions and coordination mechanisms
• Appoint POWIB National Focal Points similar to other Programmes of Work such as the POWPA. The POWIB NFP will help to champion the coordination and implementation of the POWIB.
• Create a network of POWIB NFPs to facilitate information and knowledge sharing on issues specific to island parties.
• In addition to the global coordination mechanism, it is also worthwhile to formalize POWIB regional coordination mechanisms because at the moment it is mostly carried out on an ad hoc basis. For the Pacific region, the Secretariat for the Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is coordinating POWIB activities in collaborations with regional partners in the Pacific. The ad hoc arrangement is working well however, it could be more effective if it was formalized with funding available to support the work of the regional coordination agency.
• Linkages and synergies across other PoWs and thematic areas need to be strengthened and this could be one of the key roles of the POWIB NFPs as well as the POWIB regional coordination agencies.
• Strengthen communication and advocacy activities to support the work of the POWIB and raise its profile at all levels. This would require the active engagement of a committed and dedicated communication team responsible for delivering key messages and communicate key outcomes and results from the different POWIB interventions. Alternatively, this could be built into the work of the POWIB NFPs and the regional POWIB regional coordination agencies.
posted on 2011-12-08 02:23 UTC by Ms Easter Galuvao, Secretariat for the Pacific Environment Regional Programme (SPREP)
RE: POWIB Champions and coordination mechanisms
These are all very good points. We additionally need to recognize that country government departments are often quite stretched in terms of human resources, such that the same person is likely to be a NFP for several Programmes of Work. Thus, it would be very helpful if IGOs, NGOs and other relevant organizations could assist countries to trawl through other reporting documents, such as 4th national reports to the CBD, to pull out the necessary information to report against the POWIB. I think we would find that many countries have made very good progress against the targets, and we need to highlight this progress to showcase the critical actions being taken by island nations to preserve species and ecosystems in the face of global environmental change.
posted on 2011-12-09 20:54 UTC by Dr Stacy Jupiter, Wildlife Conservation Society