Programme of Work

The elaborated programme of work, as contained in the annex to decision VII/5, aims to assist the implementation of the Jakarta Mandate at the national, regional and global level. It identifies key operational objectives and priority activities within the five key programme elements, namely: implementation of integrated marine and coastal area management, marine and coastal living resources, marine and coastal protected areas, mariculture, and alien species and genotypes. It also provides a general element to encompass the coordinating role of the Secretariat, the collaborative linkages required and the effective use of experts, as well as an element on enabling activities.

The ecosystem approach, precautionary principle, the importance of science, making full use of the roster of experts, the involvement of local and indigenous communities and three levels of programme implementation (national, regional and global) were identified by the Parties as the basic principles for the implementation of the programme of work. The primary basis for this programme of work is action at national and local levels. The Parties should, in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention, develop national strategies, plans and programmes in order to promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biological diversity.

At the regional level, organizations, arrangements and bodies should be invited to coordinate activities relevant to the programme of work.

At the global level, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (including the Global International Water Assessment), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC/UNESCO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations and other relevant bodies should be encouraged to implement the programme of work. These organizations should be invited to inform the CBD on their efforts to implement the Convention.

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