Abbreviations

AAPG

Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

AHWG

Ad hoc working group

AMCEN

African Ministerial Conference on Environment

AMCOW

African Ministerial Conference on Water

ATBIS

 All Taxon Biodiversity Inventories

BWM

International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments

CBD

Convention on Biological Diversity

CEPA

Communication, Education and Public Awareness

CIESIN

Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network

CILSS

Comité Permanent Inter Etats de Lutte Contre la Sécheresse au Sahel

CITES

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

CMS

Convention on Migratory Species

COP

Conference of the Parties

EBM

Ecosystem Based Management

e.g.

Exempli gratia (for instance)

EIA

Environmental Impact Assessment

FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

GEF

Global Environment Facility

GISP

Global Invasive Species Programme

GMO

Genetically Modified Organisms

GSPC

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

GTI

Global Taxonomy Initiative

HPAI

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

IAS

Invasive Alien Species

ICPM

Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures

IFF

Intergovernmental Forum on Forests

IMCAM

Integrated Marine and Coastal Area Management

IMO

International Maritime Organization

IPF

Intergovernmental Panel on Forests

IPPC

International Plant Protection Convention

ISPM

International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures

IUCN

World Conservation Union (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)

IUCN-WCPA

World Conservation Union - World Commission on Protected Areas

IUU

Illegal, unregulated and unreported

IWRM

Integrated Water Resources Management

KP

Kyoto Protocol

LDC

Least Developed Countries

LME

Large Marine Ecoregion

MA

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

MAB

Man and Biosphere

MDGs

Millennium Development Goals

MPA

Marine Protected Area

MEA

Multilateral Environmental Agreement

MedWet

Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative

NAP

National Action Programme

NAPA

National Adaptation Programme of Action

NBSAP

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

NEPAD

New Partnership for Africa’s Development

NGO

Non-governmental organization

PA

Protected Area

RIS

Ramsar Information Sheet

SBSTTA

Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

SEA

Strategic Environmental Assessment

SIL

Stakeholders and Indigenous and Local communities

SPS

Saintary and Phytosanitary

STRP

Scientific and Technical Review Panel

TBPA

Trans Boundary Protected Area

UN

United Nations

UNCCD

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

UNCLOS

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNDP

United Nations Development Programme

UNEP

United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP-WCMC

United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNFCCC

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNICPOLOS

United Nations Informal Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea

WDPA

World Database on Protected Areas

WHC

World Heritage Convention

WSSD

World Summit on Sustainable Development