Activity 2: Develop and implement policies for sustainable use

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

  • Develop long-term integrated strategies focusing on improved productivity of land and the rehabilitation, conservation and sustainable management of land and water resources as a way of achieving the objective of the Convention: UNCCD Article 2.2
  • Develop cooperation among all levels of government, communities, NGOs and landholders to establish a better understanding of the nature and value of land and scarce water resources and to work towards their sustainable use: UNCCD Article 3 (c)
  • National action programmes may include the development of sustainable irrigation programmes for both crops and livestock: UNCCD Article 10 3 (e)
  • National action programmes may include measures in sustainable management of natural resources and sustainable agricultural practices: UNCCD Article 10 4
  • Develop national strategies, plans or programmes for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity or adapt for this purpose existing strategies, plans or programmes: CBD Article 6 (a)
  • Integrate consideration of the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources in to national decision-making: CBD Article 10 (a)
  • Adopt measures relating to the use of biological resources to avoid or minimize adverse impact on biological diversity: CBD Article 10 (b)
  • The Contracting Parties shall formulate and implement their planning so as to promote the conservation of the wetlands included in the List, and as far as possible the wise use of wetlands in their territory: Ramsar Article 3.1
  • Make use of the indicative list of categories of information on migratory species in Annex II of this resolution to promote the integration of migratory species into NBSAPS: CMS Resolution 8.18, 2 and CMS Resolution 8.18 Annex II (Indicative list of categories of information on migratory species to be considered in the development of a NBSAP SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Ensure the maintenance of wetlands and their functions are taken into account in the design and implementation of water-related projects and coastal zone planning: Ramsar Resolution IX.20, 17
  • Include networks of protected areas including Ramsar sites within their integrated planning, to ensure that the ecosystem services delivered by the various biomes are incorporated into management regimes, also taking into account the provisions of CBD Decision VII/28 on protected areas: Ramsar Resolution IX.20, 13
  • Incorporate cultural values in wetland policies and strategies, as well as in wetland management plans, thus contributing to integrated approaches: Ramsar Resolution IX.21, 13
  • Continue to take measures in national development strategies to combat desertification, including sustainable agriculture, forest, pastoral and drylands management, sustainable use and management of drylands: UNCCD Decision 4/COP 7, 2
  • Promote appropriate resource tenure systems and the protection of natural resources while establishing means to combat land degradation: UNCCD Decision 1/COP 6, 19
  • Promote capacity-building measures and participatory processes in the field of natural resource management: UNCCD Decision 1/COP 6, 20
  • Integrate measures to prevent and combat desertification by means of relevant policies and programmes such as those on forest management: UNCCD Decision 2/COP 6, 5
  • Review, amend and take action on existing policies and practices that adversely affect coastal wetlands: Ramsar Resolution VIII.4, 16
  • Take on the renewed challenge of implementing the Strategic Plan 2003-2008, including specifying the most appropriate policy instruments to ensure the wise use of wetlands: Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8 SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Take on the renewed challenge of implementing the Strategic Plan 2003-2008, including developing, reviewing and amending policies, legislation, institutions and practices to ensure the wise use principle is being fully applied: Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8 SEE COMMENTARY 3
  • Take on the renewed challenge of implementing the Strategic Plan 2003-2008, including developing methodologies to achieve the wise use of wetlands: Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8 SEE COMMENTARY 4
  • Take on the renewed challenge of implementing the Strategic Plan 2003-2008, including integrating policies on the conservation and wise use of wetlands in planning activities: Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8 SEE COMMENTARY 5
  • Give highest attention to developing National Wetland Policies in accordance with Guidelines for developing and implementing National Wetland Policies: Ramsar Resolution VII.6, 2 SEE COMMENTARY 6
  • Apply the Guidelines for developing and implementing National Wetland Policies: Ramsar Resolution VII.7, 7 SEE COMMENTARY 6
  • Integrate, as far as possible, the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity into relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies: CBD Article 6 (b)
  • Prioritize the implementation of Article 6(b) of the Convention: CBD Decision VIII/17, 1 SEE COMMENTARY a
  • Develop an enabling environment for sustainable land management through coordination of sectoral policies: UNCCD Decision 1/COP 8, 5
  • Address the objectives of The Strategy by ensuring policy and other barriers to sustainable land management are assessed and appropriate measures taken: UNCCD Decision 3/COP 8, 5 and UNCCD Decision 3/COP 8, Annex (The Strategy) SEE COMMENTARY 0
  • Carry out national wildlife trade policy reviews to better understand the effects of policy on the international wildlife trade: CITES Decision 14.21
  • Share details of wildlife trade policy reviews with other Parties: CITES Decision 14.22
  • For listed species (EU Birds Annex III) the legal sale, transport for sale, keeping for sale and the offering for sale of live or dead Birds and of any readily recognizable parts or derivatives of such Birds may be allowed by Members: EU Birds, Article 6
  • Regarding the hunting, capture or killing of Birds, EU Members to prohibit the use of all means, arrangements or methods used for the large-scale or non-selective capture or killing of Birds that is capable of causing the local disappearance of a species: EU Birds, Article 8
  • Regarding sustainable ecosystem use in their land-use planning and development policies, EU Members to endeavour to encourage the management of features of the landscape which are of major importance for wild fauna and flora: EU Habitat, Article 10e
  • If deemed necessary, EU Members to take measures to ensure that the taking in the wild and exploitation of specimens of Annex V-listed species of wild fauna and flora is compatible with maintaining a favourable conservation status: EU Habitat, Article 14
  • Each Party to promote national policies for the conservation of wild flora, wild fauna and natural habitats, with particular attention to endangered and vulnerable species, especially endemic ones, and endangered habitats: Bern Convention, Article 2

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Author Commentary a

CBD Decision VIII/17, 1
Article 6(b) requires Parties to integrate, as far as possible, the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity into relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies.

Author Commentary 0

UNCCD Decision 3/COP 8, 5 and UNCCD Decision 3/COP 8, Annex (The Strategy): Outcome 2.1 under the operational objectives of The Strategy is that policy and other barriers to sustainable land management are assessed and appropriate measures taken.

Author Commentary 1

CMS Resolution 8.18, 2
CMS Resolution 8.18 Annex II
The annex includes several categories relevant to sustainable use, including the measures taken for the sustainable use of migratory species and details of measures that aim at the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species.

Author Commentary 2

Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8
Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex
The Operational Objective 2.1 of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008 (contained in the Annex) is to ‘Specify the most appropriate policy instrument(s) to be used in each country to ensure the wise use of wetlands.’

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8
Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex
The Operational Objective 2.2 of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008 (contained in the Annex) is to ‘Develop, review and amend when necessary, and implement national or supra-national policies, legislation, institutions and practices, including impact assessment and valuation, in all Contracting Parties, to ensure that the Convention, especially the wise use principle, is being fully applied.’

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8
Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex
The Operational Objective 3.1 of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008 (contained in the Annex) is to ‘Develop and disseminate methodologies to achieve the conservation and wise use of wetlands.’

Author Commentary 5

Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8
Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex
The Operational Objective 3.4 of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008 (contained in the Annex) is to ‘Integrate policies on the conservation and wise use of wetlands in the planning activities in all Contracting Parties, and in decision-making processes at national, regional, provincial and local levels, particularly concerning territorial management, groundwater management, catchment/river basin management, coastal and marine zone planning, and responses to climate change.’

Author Commentary 6

Ramsar Resolution VII.6, 2
Ramsar Resolution VII.7, 7
Both these resolutions request the application of the Guidelines for developing and implementing National Wetland Policies.

Author Commentary 7

This obligation is duplicated in the Inland Waters module [Management], the Protected Areas module [Management], the IAS module [Management] and the Climate Change & Biodiversity module [Adaptation].