Communication, education and public awareness

To ensure that the links between biodiversity and climate change are better understood and appreciated, a number of the obligations found in the agreements examined relate to communication, education and public awareness (CEPA), including training. Activity 1 groups obligations on raising awareness regarding the risk the climate change poses to biodiversity, as well as measures that can be taken to minimize such risks. Activity 2 points out obligations to develop and implement education and public awareness programmes on climate change and its effects. This is complemented by Activity 3, which calls for the development of education and training materials to raise both awareness and capacity. The training component is the focus of Activity 4, which sees training as a means to strengthen national institutions. Activity 5 lists obligations relating to increased access to information on climate change and its effects, and Activity 6 calls for sharing lessons learned.

The section draws on Article 6 on education, training and public awareness of the UNFCCC, as fleshed out by the New Delhi Programme of Work on Article 6, the CBD’s Programme of Work for a Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness and other thematic programmes that have a CEPA component, as well as related resolutions of the Ramsar COP. It also identifies relevant provisions of the UNCCD and the WHC.