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Voluntary Report on Implementation of the Programme of Work on Marine and Coastal Biological Diversity

In annex II of decision VIII/10, the COP decided to undertake the in-depth review of the programme of work on marine and coastal biological diversity at its tenth meeting, following its consideration by SBSTTA-14. As part of the in-depth-review process, Parties and relevant organizations were invited to submit information on the implementation of the programme of work on marine and coastal biological diversity, including progress made towards achieving the goals, challenges, as well as obstacles and capacity-building needs. There were also invited to provide information on the status and trends of, and threats to, marine and coastal biological diversity.

Click here for a collection of voluntary reports submitted by Parties.

Click here for a collection of voluntary reports submitted by Organizations.

Submission of case studies on implementation of integrated marine and coastal area management (IMCAM)

In paragraph 7 of decision VIII/22, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention requested the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with Parties, relevant organizations and indigenous and local communities, to compile and analyze case studies on successful and unsuccessful implementation of integrated marine and coastal area management (IMCAM), and to provide lessons learned for the consideration of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice before the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Pursuant to this decision, the CBD Secretariat has collaborated with relevant organizations, including the Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), and compiled relevant case studies into a CBD database (available at: http://www.cbd.int/case-studies; enter “IMCAM” under “keyword search” and select “search”). Key lessons learned were synthesized from these case studies as well as the 3rd and 4th National Reports, and incorporated into the background document prepared for in-depth review of the programme of work on marine and coastal biological diversity, as contained in document UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/14/INF/2.

Building upon these initial efforts, the CBD Secretariat is currently expanding the database of IMCAM case studies. Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations, and indigenous and local communities are invited to submit case studies on successful and unsuccessful implementation of IMCAM as well as any relevant information relating to the lessons learned from the implementation of IMCAM, in accordance with the guidelines available here. A sample case study is also available at the same link.

Kindly submit the requested information as an electronic file to secretariat@cbd.int as soon as possible.

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