Activity 3: Raise understanding and awareness

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Component 1: Raise awareness in the public and generally

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Author Commentary 1

MAB Recommendations Goal 3 : deals with joint activities in the field of information and public awareness under the goals of the Seville Strategy. Recommendations are for the establishment and functioning of transboundary Biosphere Reserves

Author Commentary 2

MAB Statutory Framework Article 6,2 : The Network refers to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves

Author Commentary 3

MAB Seville Strategy Recommendation 4.2, 17 : Goal 4 is to implement the biosphere reserve concept.

Author Commentary 4

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex: This is Activity 3.5.1 of the PAs programme of work under Goal 3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness. This should be carried out in close collaboration with the Communication, Education and Public Awareness Initiative (CEPA) under the CBD and targeted towards all stakeholders.

Author Commentary 5

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex : This is Activity 3.5.5 of the PAs programme of work under Goal 3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness.

Author Commentary 6

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex : This is Activity 3.5.6 of the PAs programme of work under Goal 3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness.

Author Commentary 7

Ramsar Recommendation 5.8 : on promoting awareness of wetland values is very similar to Ramsar Recommendation 2.3, Annex (national measures 4.1), while the similar Ramsar Resolution VIII.19, 19 emphasises the cultural values of wetlands. Ramsar Resolution VIII.12, 14, Ramsar Resolution VIII.17, 12 and Ramsar Recommendation 7.1, 9 ask for improving the awareness of the values of specific wetlands, mountain wetlands and peatlands, respectively.

Author Commentary 8

MAB Recommendations Goal 3: deals with joint activities in the field of education and training and public awareness under the goals of the Seville Strategy. Recommendations are for the establishment and functioning of transboundary Biosphere Reserves.

Author Commentary 9

Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 3.3 : Among other actions, action 3.3.3 under this Operational Objective suggest the use of the Guiding principles for taking into account the cultural values of wetlands for the effective management of sites (Ramsar Resolution VIII.19, Annex).

Author Commentary 10

WHC Article 27, 1 : Cultural and natural heritage is defined in Articles 1 and 2.

Author Commentary 11

WHC Article 27, 2 : Cultural and natural heritage is defined in Articles 1 and 2.

Author Commentary 12

UNCCD Decision 7/2, 4 : Decision 2 involves the follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development relevant to the UNCCD.

Author Commentary 13

CBD Decision VI/22, 28 and CBD Decision VI/22, Annex : objective 1 under goal 3 in programme element 2 of the Annex, which is the expanded programme of work on forest biodiversity. Activities within this objective should be referred to for details.

Author Commentary 14

CBD Decision VI/5, 8 and CBD Decision VI/5, Annex II : activity 4.4 of Annex II, which is a plan of action for the international initiative for the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators. This obligation is duplicated in part in the research on PAs activity of the assessment section.

Author Commentary 15

Ramsar Resolution VIII.12, 14 and Ramsar Resolution VIII.17, 12: ask for improving awareness of the values of mountain wetlands and peatlands, respectively.

Author Commentary 16

WHC Decision 29 COM 11C.1 : This is part 10 of this decision, which concerns the progress report on the implementation of the recommendations of the periodic report for Africa 2002-2005 and Africa 2009. It only applies to State Parties in Africa.

Author Commentary 17

CBD Decision V/3, 2 and CBD Decision V/3, Annex : response to the third issue in section B of the Annex, which sets out priority areas for action on coral bleaching.

Author Commentary 18

Ramsar Recommendation 5.8 : This obligation is duplicated in the cooperate internationally activity of the cooperation section.

Author Commentary 19

Ramsar Recommendation 2.3, Annex : The Framework for Implementing the Convention on Wetlands asks under national measures, 4.1, for the promotion of public education and awareness with regard to the value of wetlands.

Author Commentary 20

MAB Seville Strategy Recommendation 3.3, 3 : Goal 3 is to use biosphere reserves for research, monitoring, education and training.

Author Commentary 21

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex : This is Activity 3.5.2 of the PAs programme of work under Goal 3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness. These programmes should include the contribution of PAs to economy and culture. This obligation is duplicated in the participation activity of the SIL section.

Author Commentary 22

Ramsar Resolution VIII.19, 19 Ramsar Resolution VIII.12, 14 and Ramsar Resolution VIII.17, 12 also ask for improving the awareness of the values of mountain wetlands and peatlands, respectively.

Author Commentary 23

CITES Resolution 12.5 : This applies to the range States of the tiger and other Asian big cat species.

Author Commentary 24

MAB Seville Strategy Recommendation 3.3, 4 : Goal 3 is to use biosphere reserves for research, monitoring, education and training.

Author Commentary 25

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex: This is Activity 3.5.3 of the PAs programme of work under Goal 3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness. Target groups include the private sector, policy makers, development institutions, community-based organizations, the youth, media, and public.

Author Commentary 26

MAB Recommendations Goal 3 : deals with joint activities in the field of information and public awareness under the goals of the Seville Strategy. Recommendations are for the establishment and functioning of transboundary Biosphere Reserves.

Author Commentary 27

Ramsar Resolution VIII.31, 20 , and Ramsar Resolution VIII.31, 21 ask for the development of CEPA Action Plans.

Author Commentary 28

CBD Decision VII/16, F5 : Refer to the annex to part F for the Akwé: Kon Voluntary Guidelines for impact assessments for developments on sacred sites. These groups include Government departments, indigenous and local communities and their organizations, private sector developers, civil society organizations, stakeholders in developments and the public. This obligation is duplicated in the impacts activity of the SIL section.

Author Commentary 29

CBD Decision VII/27, 3 and CBD Decision VII/27, Annex : This is goal 3.5 of the programme of work on mountain biodiversity. This should be referred to for details of the actions within it.

Author Commentary 30

CBD Decision V/6, 3
: experiences should be shared through the clearing-house mechanism.

Author Commentary 31

Ramsar Resolution VIII.31, 20 , Ramsar Resolution VIII.31, 21 and Ramsar Resolution VII.9, 11 all ask for the development of CEPA Action Plans, with Ramsar Resolution VIII.31, 21 repeating Ramsar Resolution VII.9, 11, asking for these Action Plans to be components of environment policy instruments.

Author Commentary 32

Ramsar Resolution VIII.31, 20 , regarding CEPA Task Forces, repeats Ramsar Resolution VII.9, 9.