English  |  Español  |  Français
Knowledge Base

Search criteria

Information Types

Subjects

  • Scientific and Technical Cooperation (124)

Countries

Date

  • Added or updated since:

  • Custom range...
WGRI Recommendation

. Review of progress in providing support in implementing the objectives of the Convention and its Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

5/11Review of progress in providing support in implementing the objectives of the Convention and its Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020

The Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention,
1.Takes note of the progress report by the Executive Secretary on enhancing technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer, 43 and requests the Executive Secretary to prepare an updated report, including information on relevant elements of existing programmes and initiatives, in time for the consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting;
2.Requests the Executive Secretary to compile a list of draft recommendations prepared for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties regarding capacity-building for revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans, technical and scientific cooperation, technology transfer and the clearing-house mechanism in order to provide an overview for further consideration by Parties at its twelfth meeting;
3.Recommends that the Conference of Parties consider incorporating key decisions taken at its twelfth meeting, including those on technical and scientific cooperation, technology transfer and capacity-building, in a wider package of decisions that could collectively be known as the “Pyeongchang Roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets”, in recognition of the host of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
4.Also recommends that the Conference of Parties at its twelfth meeting adopt a decision along the following lines:
The Conference of the Parties,
Recognizing the importance of a coherent and mutually supportive approach regarding capacity-building, exchange of information, technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer under the Convention and its Protocols,
Welcomes the funding provided by the Government of Japan, as well as Canada, China, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay and the Global Environment Facility;

A.Provision of support for revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans and capacity-building

Recognizing the good progress made in the provision of support for revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans,
Also recognizing that capacity and financial gaps remain at the national level, especially in developing countries,
Welcoming the efforts of the Executive Secretary to further facilitate and promote, in cooperation with the secretariats of other biodiversity-related conventions and the implementing agencies of the Global Environment Facility, capacity-building support to Parties for the effective implementation of the Convention and its Protocols,
Mindful of the need for continued capacity-building support to Parties to further enhance the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,
1.Invites Parties, other Governments, indigenous and local communities, relevant organizations and the business sector, as appropriate, to share information on their capacity-building initiatives, including emerging best practices and lessons learned, and opportunities, as provided in Section B, paragraph 3 (a);
2.Encourages developing country Parties, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States among them, and Parties with economies in transition, as well as indigenous and local communities, to make available information regarding their capacity-building needs and priorities identified through, inter alia, national and subnational capacity self-assessments, and to incorporate them in their national strategies and action plans with respect to the implementation of the Convention as provided in Section B, paragraph 2;
3.Encourages donors and Parties to provide funding in this context;
4.Requests the Executive Secretary:
(a)Recalling paragraph 10 of decision XI/2, to continue promoting and facilitating, in collaboration and cooperation with relevant organizations and processes, activities to strengthen the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and to further progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets at the national, subregional and regional levels;
(b)To undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of capacity-building activities that the Secretariat has supported and facilitated, and a review of related partnership arrangements for delivery, and a gap analysis in capacity-building activities supporting implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;
(c)To promote the use of available mechanisms, including the clearing-house mechanism, to further enhance capacity-building, technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets;
(d)To ensure that information on capacity-building and technical and scientific cooperation needs, opportunities and activities is shared effectively across and accessed through all platforms under the Convention;
(e)To facilitate matching between needs, opportunities and activities, for capacity-building, inter alia, by organizing special matching side events during relevant regional and international meetings;
(f)To report on progress made and results achieved to the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention at its sixth meeting, or is successor body, 44 for its consideration prior to the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;

B.Technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer

1.Requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with partners, taking into account and avoiding duplication with other efforts, such as those of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and subject to the availability of resources, to enhance technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer under the Convention, with a view to supporting the effective implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as revised and updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans, by, inter alia:
(a)Facilitating the communication of technical and scientific needs and priorities of Parties, utilizing the clearing-house mechanism and other appropriate means;
(b)Further enhancing the availability and accessibility of information with respect to best practices and expertise for technical and scientific cooperation to make it more readily and effectively available through the clearing-house mechanism and other appropriate means;
(c)Facilitating the linking of the needs of Parties with support for technical and scientific cooperation by relevant global, regional and national organizations and initiatives;
(d)In the context of paragraph 1 (c) above and building on existing structures, promoting thematic, cross-cutting and regional pilot programmes for technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer;
(e)Reporting on progress to the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention at its sixth meeting, or to the subsidiary body on implementation that may be established in accordance with paragraph 7 of recommendation 5/2;
2.Encourages developing country Parties, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States among them, and Parties with economies in transition, as well as indigenous and local communities, to make available information regarding their technical and scientific needs and priorities and needs for technology transfer, in particular through the clearing-house mechanism;
3.Encourages Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations, stakeholders and other entities, taking into account and avoiding duplication with other efforts, to participate in and contribute to technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer under the Convention, and in particular:
(a)To share, including through the clearing-house mechanism, as appropriate, information on good practices and the provision of expertise for technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer;
(b)To provide technical and scientific support and associated capacity-building, using the information made available pursuant to paragraph 1 (a) above;
(c)To promote collaborative partnerships for technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer on a thematic, cross-cutting and/or regional basis;
4.Invites donor agencies, and Parties in a position to do so, to provide the necessary financial and human resources to enable the further enhancement of technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer among Parties;

C.Clearing-house mechanism

Recalling decision IX/30, in which it encouraged Parties to take the necessary steps to establish strong and sustainable national clearing-house mechanisms, and invited Parties, other Governments, relevant agencies and other donors to provide resources to enable developing country Parties, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States, and countries with economies in transition, to take those steps;
Also recalling decision X/15, in which it encouraged Parties to continue to take the necessary steps to establish, strengthen and ensure the sustainability of national clearing-house mechanisms;
Further recalling the work programme for the clearing-house mechanism in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 45 and its recommended activities;
Taking note of the progress report on the clearing-house mechanism; 46
Noting the low number of Parties having an active national clearing-house mechanism;
Emphasizing the importance of providing effective information services that contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to the national biodiversity strategies and action plans;
Also emphasizing the importance of the national clearing-house mechanisms for the implementation of the Convention;
1.Invites Parties and other users to submit information through the central clearing-house mechanism and to provide user feedback whenever possible;
2.Strongly encourages Parties to accelerate the establishment and development of their national clearing-house mechanisms where they have not done so;
3.Invites the Global Environment Facility, Parties and other donors to continue to provide financial support for sharing information and knowledge through the clearing-house mechanism, including for content preparation and translation;
4.Requests the Executive Secretary to continue developing the information services of the central clearing-house mechanism, taking into account user feedback as well as recommendations from the informal advisory committee to the clearing-house mechanism;
5.Also requests the Executive Secretary to develop a web strategy to ensure that all information common or relevant to the clearing-house mechanism, the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House and the Biosafety Clearing-House, as well as other platforms developed under the Convention, such as the NBSAP Forum, the website for ecologically and biologically significant marine areas 47 and any future similar developments, can be accessed centrally to avoid duplication of efforts, and to provide this strategy to the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, for its consideration at its sixth meeting, or to its successor body, 48 in preparation for the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
5/105/12

44This is subject to a decision by the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting on the establishment of a subsidiary body on implementation, as recommended by the Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention at its fifth meeting (see paragraph 7 of the draft decision contained in recommendation 5/2).
48This is subject to a decision by the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting on the establishment of a subsidiary body on implementation, as recommended by the Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention at its fifth meeting (see paragraph 7 of the draft decision contained in recommendation 5/2).