Legislative measures and national policies

This section sets out the obligations on Parties relating to law and policy for sustainable use. General requirements relating to legislation and policy are included under Activities 1 and 2 respectively. The following three Activities cover more specific types of obligation. The decisions of several MEAs encourage the use and implementation of guidelines relating to sustainable use and these are grouped under Activity 3. The Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (AAPG) are of particular significance with regard to potential synergies between MEAs. The AAPG were originally adopted by the Parties to CBD and since then the Parties to CITES and CMS have decided to review the application of these guidelines to the issues dealt with by those conventions. Activity 4 focuses on the development of institutions specifically concerned with sustainable use; the only obligations included here are CITES requirements dealing with CITES Management and Scientific Authorities. Activity 5 is concerned with the integration of sustainable use with other sectors and planning processes. This is a concern of the Parties to CBD and, to a certain extent, of the Parties to Ramsar.