Activity 9: Work with indigenous and local communities and other stakeholders

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Component 1: Work with indigenous and local communities

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Component 2: Work with other stakeholders

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  • Mobilise farming communities for the development of their practices in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity: CBD Decision III/11, 17c

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 6.1: Actions 6.1.1 and 6.1.5 under this Operational Objective refer to the Guidelines for establishing and strengthening local communities’ and indigenous people’s participation in the management of wetlands (Ramsar Resolution VII.8, Annex), action 6.1.6 to the Guiding principles for taking into account the cultural values of wetlands for the effective management of sites (Ramsar Resolution VIII.19, Annex).

Author Commentary 2

Ramsar Resolution VIII.2, 12 Ramsar Resolution VII.8, 12 Are almost identical, while CBD Decision VI/10, A.2.c, in endorsing the Ramsar guidelines, provides for a synergistic approach between these conventions. Ramsar Resolution VII.8, 12 adds another dimension. The Ramsar Guidelines for establishing and strengthening local communities’ and indigenous people’s participation in the management of wetlands can be found at Ramsar Resolution VII.8, Annex.

Author Commentary 3

With Ramsar Recommendation 6.3, 9 and CBD Decision VII/4, Annex (goal 2.5), the two conventions ask for very similar action, but note that wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and inland waters (CBD) are not fully identical.

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Recommendation 2.3, Annex: Encouraging the participation of local populations in the establishment, management and monitoring of wetland reserves is an action under the Framework for Implementing the Convention, national measures 4.3.

Author Commentary 5

CBD Decision VII/4, 7 CBD Decision VII/4, Annex: Goal 2.5 of the revised programme of work on inland water biodiversity asks for the promotion of the effective participation of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders in the conservation and sustainable use of inland water biodiversity

Author Commentary 5a

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 4.1 of the programme of work on island biodiversity.

Author Commentary 5b

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 15.1 of the programme of work on island biodiversity. It specifies for islands the provision of CBD Article 8j and the programme of work on Article 8j (CBD Decision V/16, Annex).

Author Commentary 6

CBD Decision VII/27, 2 CBD Decision VII/27, Annex: Goal 2.2 of the programme of work on mountain biodiversity asks to respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, practices and innovations of indigenous and local communities in mountain regions.

Author Commentary 7

CBD Decision VII/28, 5 CBD Decision VII/28, Annex: Goal 2.2 of the programme of work on protected areas is about enhancing and securing involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders.

Author Commentary 8

CBD Decision VI/22, 11 CBD Decision VI/22, Annex: Objective 3 of goal 4 of programme element 1 of the expanded programme of work on forest biodiversity requests enabling indigenous and local communities to develop and implement adaptive community-management systems to conserve and sustainably use forest biodiversity.

Author Commentary 9

Ramsar Resolution VIII.14, 18
Ramsar Resolution VIII.14, Annex:
The New Guidelines for management planning for Ramsar sites and other wetlands, replacing the former Guidelines on management planning for Ramsar sites and other wetlands, focus on the site-based scale of management planning. They address integrating wetland site management within broad-scale environmental management planning; the functions of wetland management planning; stakeholders; the precautionary approach; management planning as a process; inputs, outputs and outcomes; adaptable management; management units, zonation and buffer zones; details of the management plan; and others.

Author Commentary 10

Ramsar Resolution VIII.19, 22
Ramsar Resolution VIII.19, Annex:
The Guiding principles for taking into account the cultural values of wetlands for the effective management of sites contain a number of principles for identifying, preserving and reinforcing the cultural values of wetlands. They stress the strong link between wetland conservation and benefits to people.