Activity 5: Carry out research on sustainable use

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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Support research activities that contribute to increased knowledge of desertification with a view to achieving sustainable use and management of resources: UNCCD Article 17 1 (a)
  • Promote and encourage research which contributes to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity: CBD Article 12 (b)
  • Promote and cooperate in the use of scientific advances for conservation and sustainable use of biological resources: : CBD Article 12 (c)
  • Identify and analyse case studies of wetlands with cultural values thus increasing understanding of the relationship between cultural processes and wetland conservation and wise use: Ramsar Resolution IX.21, 11
  • Initiate implementation of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines, including promoting and supporting interdisciplinary research into all aspects of the use and conservation of biological diversity: CBD Decision VII/12, 2SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Undertake research on the impacts of sustainable use and unsustainable use on livelihoods and ecosystems goods and services: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (a)
  • Undertake research on the role of indigenous and local communities, and women in the sustainable use of components of biodiversity: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (b)
  • Undertake research on the relationship between resilience of ecosystems and the sustainable use of biodiversity: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (c)
  • Undertake research on the terms used in the description of sustainable use: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (d)
  • Undertake research on the elaboration of management plans at time scales appropriate to the life history of species or populations CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (e)
  • Undertake research on the applicability of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines on the use of components of biodiversity in a transboundary context: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (f)
  • Undertake research on the functional relationships between different components of biological diversity in the context of sustainable use: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (g)
  • Undertake research on the socio-economic factors that influence the pattern and intensity of use of biological resources, economic and social values of goods and services provided by ecosystems: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (h)
  • Undertake research on methods and mechanisms to determine the sustainability of various intensities of use and participatory methods for determining appropriate levels of use: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (i)
  • Undertake research on the ways of enhancing the equitable distribution of benefits derived from the sustainable use of components of biodiversity, including genetic resources: CBD Decision VII/12, 6 (j)
  • Enhance the capacity of indigenous and local communities to collaborate with national research organisations in order to identify research and training needs in relation to conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity: CBD Decision VII/16, G.6 (e)
  • Promote and carry out the Programme of Work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, including, within the major thematic work programmes, include key taxonomic objectives to generate information needed for decision making in conservation and sustainable use: CBD Decision VI/8, 2SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Promote and carry out the Programme of Work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, including, within the work on cross-cutting issues, include key taxonomic objectives to generate information needed for decision making in conservation and sustainable use: CBD Decision VI/8, 2SEE COMMENTARY 3
  • 1EU Members and the Commission to encourage the necessary research and scientific work having regard to the Habitats Directive with includes work related to the sustainable use of species: EU HABITAT, Article 18
  • EU Members to encourage research and any work required as a basis for the protection, management and use of indigenous Birds: EU Birds, Article 10
  • EU Members to restrict allowable bird hunting for the purposes of research and teaching, of re-population, of re-introduction and for the breeding necessary for these purposes:EU Birds, Article 9

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Author Commentary 1

CBD Decision VII/12, 2
CBD Decision VII/12, Annex II
Practical principle 6 of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines states that interdisciplinary research into all aspects of the use and conservation of biological diversity should be promoted and supported. 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 VI/8, 2
CBD Decision VI/8, 2 Annex
Operational objective 4 of the Programme of Work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative (in the Annex) is ‘Within the major thematic programmes of the Convention include key taxonomic objectives to generate information needed for decision-making in conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and its components.'

Author Commentary 3

CBD Decision VI/8, 2
CBD Decision VI/8, 2 Annex
Operational objective 5 of the Programme of Work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative (in the Annex) is ‘Within the cross-cutting issues of the Convention include key taxonomic objectives to generate information needed for decision-making in conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and its components.'