Activity 4: Communicate with public

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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Make information contained in reports on the implementation of CITES Convention available to the public, where this is not inconsistent with the law of the Party concerned: CITES Article VIII, 8
  • Initiate implementation of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines, including implementing education and public awareness programmes on conservation and sustainable use: CBD Decision VII/12, 2SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Take into consideration the need to communicate the various elements of the 2010 biodiversity target: CBD Decision VII/24, 4SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Take on the renewed challenge of implementing the Strategic Plan 2003-2008, including supporting the Ramsar Communication, Education and Public Awareness Programme for promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands: Ramsar Resolution VIII/25, 8 SEE COMMENTARY 3
  • Adopt the concept Ramsar Programme on Communication, Education and Public Awareness, with the aim of mainstreaming the wise use of wetlands within society and enabling people to act: Ramsar Resolution VIII/31, 14 SEE COMMENTARY 4
  • Contribute to the list of priority activities, including strengthening education on biodiversity about the importance of links between conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing: CBD Decision VIII/6, 4 and : CBD Decision VIII/6, Annex I SEE COMMENTARYa
  • EU Members and the Commission to ensure public awareness of the provisions regarding implementation of CITES and this Regulation:EU Regulation 338-97, Article 15

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Author Commentary a

Decision VIII/6, 4 and
CBD Decision VIII/6, Annex I.
Annex I contains a list of priority activities for the programme of work on Communication, Education and Public Awareness. Priority Activity 10 is to strengthen formal and informal education on Biodiversity, including the importance of the links between conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing. a

Author Commentary 1

CBD Decision VII/12, 2
CBD Decision VII/12, Annex II
Practical principle 14 of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines states that education and public awareness programmes on conservation and sustainable use should be implemented and more effective methods of communications should be developed between and among stakeholders and managers. The Parties to CITES have also been urged to apply the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines in CITES Resolution 13.2 (Rev CoP14) , (a).

Author Commentary 2

CBD Decision VII/24, 4
A provisional framework for goals and targets that is intended to facilitate progress towards the 2010 target is set out in CBD Decision VII/30, Annex II. Goal 4 of this framework is ‘Promote sustainable use and consumption’.

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8
Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, 8 Annex
The Operational objective 9.1 of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008 (contained in the Annex) is to ‘Support and assist in implementing at all levels, the Convention’s Communication, Education and Public Awareness Programme (Resolution VIII.31) for promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands through public participation and communication, education, and public awareness (CEPA).’

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Resolution VIII.30, 14
Ramsar Resolution VIII.30, Annex
General objective 3; of the CEPA (contained in the Annex) is ‘To mainstream the wise use of wetlands within society and enable people to act.’