Activity 2: Cooperate internationally

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

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Co-operate with other States Parties and establish partnerships with non-governmental and grassroot organizations to promote awareness of the need to conserve natural and cultural World Heritage properties: WHC Decision 16 COM Agenda item II, part II.8 SEE COMMENTARY 7
  • Cooperate in providing financial and other support, particularly to developing countries, for in-situ conservation outlined in parts a to l of CBD Article 8: CBD Article 8, m
  • Promote sustainable management, and promote and cooperate in the conservation and enhancement of sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases including biomass, forests, oceans and other terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems: UNFCCC Article 4, d SEE COMMENTARY 8
  • Cooperate in preparing for adaptation to the impacts of climate change and develop integrated plans for coastal zone management, water resources and agriculture, and for the protection and rehabilitation of areas, particularly in Africa, affected by drought, desertification and floods: UNFCCC Article 4, 1e SEE COMMENTARY 9
  • Collaborate with IUCN and provide support to the strategic implementation of the Global Framework Programme for Capacity Building on Natural Heritage: WHC Decision 29 COM 10, 6
  • Strengthen collaboration between the WHC, CBD and UNESCO focal points, to increase the implementation effectiveness of the expanded programme of work on forest biodiversity, and the programme of work on PAs, in World Heritage sites: CBD Decision VIII/19, 7 SEE COMMENTARY 10
  • Cooperate within international and regional organizations to promote the conservation, management and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, including deep seabed genetic resources: CBD Decision VIII/21, 6 SEE COMMENTARY 11
  • Work with UNEP, UNDP, the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs, the Ramsar International Organization Partners, NGOs and others to undertake assessments of values of wetlands; to build capacity within communities to sustainably use wetlands; and to encourage these institutions to consult with Parties to define programmes for poverty reduction: Ramsar Resolution IX.4, 10
  • Cooperate at the international level to agree regional and global strategies for the maintenance of mangrove ecosystems: Ramsar Resolution IX.4, 33
  • Liaise with relevant partners to undertake inventories, assessments and monitoring of fisheries resources which depend on wetlands: Ramsar Resolution IX.4, 27
  • Consider inland water biodiversity in participation and collaboration with organizations, institutions and conventions affecting or working with inland water resources: CBD Decision IV/4, 3
  • Cooperate with the Director-General in the protection of the cultural and natural heritage in Palestine: WHC Decision 26 COM 6.1,9
  • Seek synergy with other multilateral environmental agreements and initiatives to work for the conservation and sustainable use of coral reef ecosystems: CITES Resolution 11.10 (Rev.CoP12) SEE COMMENTARY 12
  • Cooperate with the advisory bodies monitoring and reporting on the progress of work undertaken for the preservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List on behalf of the Committee: WHC Decision 18 COM Agenda item XIV, part XIV.7

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Author Commentary 1

MAB Statutory Framework Article 7,1: The Network refers to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. This obligation is duplicated in the monitor PAs activity of the assessment section.

Author Commentary 2

MAB Statutory Framework Article 7, 4 MAB Statutory Framework Article 7, 4: The Network refers to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. This obligation is duplicated in the building capacity activity of the resources section.

Author Commentary 3

WHC Article 6, 2 : this includes cultural and natural heritage in the World Heritage List and the list of World Heritage in Danger, see paragraphs 2 and 4 of Article 11.

Author Commentary 4

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex : This is Activity 1.3.2 of the PA programme of work, under Goal 1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary PAs (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring PAs across national boundaries. This activity should be carried out through the United Nations Informal Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS). This obligation is duplicated in the implementing activity of the management section.

Author Commentary 5

CBD Decision VII/28, 19 and CBD Decision VII/28, Annex: This is Activity 3.4.4 of the PAs programme of work under Goal 3.4, which aim to ensure financial sustainability of PAs and national and regional systems of PAs. This obligation is duplicated in the financial strategies activity of the economic instruments section.

Author Commentary 6

Ramsar Recommendation 5.8 : This obligation is duplicated in the raise understanding and awareness activity of the CEPA section.

Author Commentary 7

WHC Decision 16 COM Agenda item II, part II.8 : this is particularly challenging in the light of pressures due to socio-economic development, natural disasters and civil unrest and the values of World Heritage properties being difficult to quantify.

Author Commentary 8

UNFCCC Article 4, 1 : Refers to greenhouse gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol. This obligation is duplicated in the healthy habitats activity of the management section.

Author Commentary 9

UNFCCC Article 4, 1e : This obligation is duplicated in the planning activity of the management section.

Author Commentary 10

CBD Decision VIII/19, 7 : This should be carried out at the national level, taking into account the relevance of the programme of work on PAs for the implementation of programme element 1, goal 3, objective 3 of the expanded programme of work on forest biodiversity.

Author Commentary 11

CBD Decision VIII/21, 6 : Recognize that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea regulates activities in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Author Commentary 12

CITES Resolution 11.10 (Rev.CoP12)Concerns the trade in stony corals.

Author Commentary 13

The ten priority areas are: land and forest fires and transboundary haze pollution; coastal and marine environment; sustainable forest management; sustainable management of natural parks and protected areas; freshwater resources; public awareness and environmental education; promotion of environmentally–sound technologies and cleaner production; urban environmental management and governance; and sustainable development monitoring and reporting, and database harmonisation. This obligation is duplicated in the Sustainable Use [Cooperation], Biodiversity & Climate Change [Provision of Resources], Inland Waters [Cooperation] and IAS [Cooperation] modules.

Author Commentary 14

This obligation is duplicated in Cooperation section [Act. 1 & 3] of this module.

Author Commentary 15

This obligation is duplicated in the Sustainable Use module [Management and Cooperation sections], the IAS module [Management and Cooperation sections], the Inland Waters module [Cooperation section] and the Protected Areas module [Management section].