Activity 2: Cooperate in research and systematic observation

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Author Commentary 1

World Heritage Decision 31 COM 7.1, 4and WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 : This refers to II.B. Synergies with Other International Conventions and Organizations. WHC Decision 31 COM 7.1, 6 recommends to read WHC-07/31.COM/7.1 in conjunction with the report on “Predicting and managing the impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage”, WHC-06/30.COM/7.1, II, and the “Strategy to assist States Parties to implement appropriate management responses”, WHC-06/30.COM/7.1, Annex 4.

Author Commentary 2

UNCCD Decision20/COP.7, 8
This is directed at the UNCCD’s Committee on Science and Technology. Through UNCCD Decision20/COP.7, 1, the UNCCD COP decided that the priority theme for discussion by the CST at its eighth session will be “The effects of climatic variations and human activities on land degradation: assessment, filed experience gained, and integration of mitigation and adaptation practices for livelihood improvement.” The eighth session will take place in the fall of 2007.

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Resolution VIII,17, 11
Ramsar Resolution VIII.17, Annex
This refers to paragraph E3 under the Guidelines for Action in Part E. Research networks, regional centres of expertise, and institutional capacity of the Annex. As the paragraph suggests, the research must be in line with the gaps in knowledge identified by the comprehensive review of “Wetlands and climate change: impacts and mitigation” submitted to Ramsar COP8.

Author Commentary 4

CBD Decision VI/22, 40
This is an invitation addressed to the UNFCCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Author Commentary 5

CBD Decision VI/22, 40
This is an invitation addressed to the UNFCCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Author Commentary 6

World Heritage Decision 30 COM 7.1, 8 and WHC-06/30.COM/7.1 : This refers to II. D. Collaboration, cooperation, and sharing best practices and knowledge 22.c) iv). The main objective of the Strategy to Assist States Parties to Implement Appropriate Management Responses is to review the main topics that should be considered when preparing to implement preventive and/or collective management responses to deal with the adverse impacts of climate change, II. A. Preamble: Objectives and requirements, 12

Author Commentary 7

UNFCCC Decision 4/CP.7, Annex
This refers to paragraph 14(b) relating to enabling environments for technology transfer.

Author Commentary 8

CBD Decision VIII/9, 19:
According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the rapidly increasing impacts of climate change are considered as one of the issues that are most significant at the global level in terms of their impacts on biodiversity: CBD Decision VIII/9, 13.