Activity 13: Manage protected areas

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Establish services for the protection and conservation of any natural heritage site: WHC Article 5b
  • Develop scientific and technical studies and research to ensure that operating methods are appropriate: WHC Article 5c
  • Ensure that appropriate legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures are implemented for the protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of natural heritage sites: WHC Article 5d
  • Protect the Universal Value, integrity and authenticity of World Heritage sites from the adverse effects of climate change: WHC Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8
  • Consider the impacts of disasters on natural heritage when designing strategic goals and plans: WHC Decision 30 COM 7.2, 5
  • Apply the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention to natural heritage sites: WHC Decision 7 EXT.COM/4 A, V.9 SEE COMMENTARY 3
  • Develop and transfer appropriate technologies to ensure effective management of protected areas: CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex: (Programme of work on protected areas) SEE COMMENTARY 2

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Resolution IX.20, 13
Ramsar sites are to be included on the networks of protected areas. Parties are also directed to take into consideration the programme of work on protected areas for the CBD (CBD Decision VII/28, Annex:), in particular Programme element 1: direct actions for planning, selecting, establishing, strengthening and managing, protected area systems and sites. Goal 1.5 asks Parties to prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats. Activity 1.5.4 is of importance, as Parties must take measures to control risks associated with invasive alien species in protected areas.

Author Commentary 2

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 CBD Decision VII/28, 27 CBD Decision VII/28, 30 CBD Decision VII/28, Annex The most relevant programme element of the programme work on protected areas is Programme element 1: direct actions for planning, selecting, establishing, strengthening and managing, protected area systems and sites. Goal 1.5 asks Parties to prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats. Activity 1.5.4 is of importance, as Parties must take measures to control risks associated with invasive alien species in protected areas.

Author Commentary 3

Indirectly Programme element 3: enabling activities is relevant here, in particular goal 3.3: to develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas.

Author Commentary 4

WHC Decision 7 EXT.COM/4 A, V.9
The Operational Guidelines contain many appropriate sections for Parties implementing activities on IAS, directed particularly at the management of sites, to ensure that they maintain their unique natural character.