Activity 2: Promote sustainable use in activities addressing climate change

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Author Commentary 1

KP Article 2.1 (a) (ii)
KP Article 2.1 (a) (iii)
This obligation is only for Annex 1 Parties that have quantified emission limitation and reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol 1.

Author Commentary 2

Ramsar Resolution IX.8, 6
Ramsar Resolution IX.8, Annex
This refers to Strategy 1.4: Integrate policies on the conservation and wise use of wetlands in the planning activities in all Contracting Parties and 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, all in the context of implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). One of the key result areas listed is that information on wetlands and their role in mitigation and adaptation to climate change is completed by Ramsar COP 10.

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Resolution VIII.3, 17
Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex
“Ecological character” of wetlands is defined in Ramsar Resolution VII.10, 11 as “the sum of the biological, physical and chemical components of the wetland ecosystem, and their interactions, which maintain the wetland and its products, functions and attributes.” The relevant action under Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex is Action 3.4.9 under Operational Objective 3.4: 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, Operational Objective 3: Integration of wetland use into sustainable development. Examples of policy responses identified are revegetation and management, afforestation and reforestation. Note that the global implementation target for 2003 to 2005 is that all relevant Contracting Parties have assessed the implications of Kyoto Protocol implementation on wetlands (including applying COP8 restoration guidelines). This target is reiterated in Operational Objective 3.4.8, Ramsar Resolution VIII.26, Annex I .

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8
Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex
Operational Objective 3.4 of the Strategic Plan is ‘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 5

UNFCCC Decision 19/CP.9, 1
UNFCCC Decision 19/CP.9 Annex, 12(c)
KP Decision 5/CMP.1, 2
KP Decision 5/CMP.1, Annex, 12(c)
UNFCCC Decision 14/CP.10, 1(a)
UNFCCC Decision 14/CP.10 Annex, 14(c)
KP Decision 6/CMP.1, 2
KP Decision 6/CMP.1, Annex 14(c)
This is directed at the registered project participants who have chosen to develop and implement CDM afforestation or reforestation project activities. Documentation must be submitted to the Designated Operational Entities hired by the project participants to validate the CDM project activity. UNFCCC Decision 14/CP.10 Annex, 14(c) and KP Decision 6/CMP.1, Annex 14(c) refer to small-scale afforestation and reforestation project activities under the CDM as defined in UNFCCC Decision 19/CP.9 Annex, 1(i) and KP Decision 5/CMP.1, Annex, 1(i) and further clarified in UNFCCC Decision 14/CP.10, 1 while UNFCCC Decision 19/CP.9 Annex, 12(c) and KP Decision 6/CMP.1, Annex 14(c) refer to project activities that are not considered small-scale.

Author Commentary 6

CBD Decision VI/22, 11
CBD Decision VI/22, Annex
One of the proposed activities in the programme of work is: ‘Assess how the conservation and sustainable use of forest biological diversity can contribute to the international work relating to climate change’ (Programme element 1, Goal 2, Objective 3, Activity (e))

Author Commentary 7

CBD Decision V/15, 6
The objectives of the CBD include the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity (CBD Article 1)