Activity 3: Cooperate in international initiatives other than Ramsar

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Component 1: Cooperate in international initiatives other than Ramsar (general obligations)

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Component 2: Cooperate on technology issues in international initiatives other than Ramsar

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Component 3: Cooperate through information exchange in international initiatives other than Ramsar

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  • Promote exchange of information and consultation on activities which could adversely affect the biodiversity of other States: CBD Article 14c
  • Notify immediately the potentially affected State in case of imminent danger to biodiversity: CBD Article 14d
  • Facilitate information exchange: CBD Article 17, 1
  • Exchange results of research and information on training and surveying programmes: CBD Article 17, 2
  • Cooperate with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to produce a specific chapter on World heritage in future IPCC assessment reports: WHC Decision 30 COM 7.1, 12
  • Cooperate and promote harmonized procedures and formats for data aquisiton, computation and reporting: CBD Decision VII/8, 13
  • Exchange information and share experience on measures taken for the implementation of articles 6 and 8: CBD Decision II/7, 1 SEE COMMENTARY 12
Component 4: Cooperate in international initiatives other than Ramsar in specific regions

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Resolution VIII.5, 15:
Operational objective 13 of the Strategic Plan on collaboration with other institutions lists actions for work with international and regional multilateral environmental agreements and other agencies. The Strategic Plan can be found at Ramsar Resolution VIII.25, Annex.

Author Commentary 2

Ramsar Resolution VIII.19, 23
Ramsar Recommendation 2.3, Annex:{Framework for implementing the Convention on Wetlands, international measures, 9.2) are both asking for cooperation with other agreements, with the former stressing the need for synergies and avoiding duplication of efforts.

Author Commentary 3

CMS Recommendation 7.1:
The annex to this recommendation lists the following inland water-dependent species: Crex crex, Cygnus melanocorypha, Pontoporia blainvillei, Acipenser (several species), Huso dauricus, Huso huso, Pseudoscaphiryhnchus fedtschenkoi, Pseudoscaphiryhnchus hermanni, Pseudoscaphiryhnchus kaufmann, Psepurus gladius, Loxodonta africana, Neophocoena phocaenoides, Orcaella brevirostris

Author Commentary 3a

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 10.2 of the programme of work on island biodiversity. The rationale for this action states that invasive alien species is one of the most important issues for island biodiversity, needing urgent, concerted and sustained action.

Author Commentary 3b

CBD Decision VIII/30, 4:
This decision addresses biodiversity and climate change. The activities encouraged through this paragraph are to aim at enhancing ecosystem resilience and facilitating the migration and dispersal of species with limited tolerance to altered climatic conditions.

Author Commentary 4

CBD Decision VII/12, 2
CBD Decision VII/12, Annex:
Practical Principle 8 of the Addis Ababa Guidelines and Principles for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity asks for arrangements for international cooperation where multinational decision-making and coordination are needed.

Author Commentary 5

CBD Decision VII/27, 2
CBD Decision VII/27, Annex:
Goal 2.3 of the programme of work on mountain biodiversity covers establishing regional and transboundary collaboration as well as cooperative agreements.

Author Commentary 6

CBD Decision VII/28, 5
CBD Decision VII/28, Annex:
Goal 1.3 of the programme of work on protected areas asks for establishing and strengthening regional networks, transboundary protected areas and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries.

Author Commentary 7

CMS Recommendation 8.28, 1:
The species in question are listed in a table that is part of this recommendation.

Author Commentary 8

CMS Resolution 6.4, 1
CMS Resolution 6.4, Annex:
Operational objective 1.1 (birds) of the Strategic Plan for 2000-2005 asks for the facilitation of development and implementation of Agreements or Memoranda of Understanding to adress the conservation needs of endangered bird species listed in Appendix I and other migratory birds on a regional or broader scale. Operational objective 1.6 (fish) is about exploring needs and opportunities to develop Agreements for the conservation of fish species listed in Appendix II.

Author Commentary 9

CMS Resolution 2.6, 2+3:
Article 4, paragraph 4 that the obligation is referring to, reads as follows: ‘Parties are encouraged to take action with a view to concluding agreements for any population or any geographically separate part of the population of any species or lower taxon of wild animals, members of which periodically cross one or more national jurisdiction boundaries’.

Author Commentary 10

CBD Decision VII/29, 2
CBD Decision VII/29, Annex:
Operational target 2.4 of the Programme of work on technology transfer and technological and scientific cooperation asks for promotion of the development of regional and international information systems to facilitate technology transfer and technological cooperation. Operational target 4.2 aims for adequate technical, scientific, institutional and administrative capacity for the development or strengthening and effective operation of national, regional and international information systems for technology transfer and cooperation. Operational target 4.4 envisages adequate technical, scientific, institutional and administrative capacity for the implementation of measures and mechanisms that create an enviornment conducive to private and public sector technology transfer and cooperation.

Author Commentary 11

CMS Recommendation 4.1, 2
CMS Recommendation 4.1, Annex:
Principle h of the Guidelines for the Conservation and Management of the Great Cormorant asks for efforts to increase international exchange of information concerning damage to fisheries, including both the assessment of damage and the alleviation of problems.

Author Commentary 12

CBD Decision II/7, 1:
Articles 6 and 8 of the CBD that the obligation is referring to, are concerned with general measures for conservation and sustainable use, and in-situ conservation, respectively.

Author Commentary 13

Ramsar Resolution VIII.37, 13,
Ramsar Recommendation 7.3, 14 and
Ramsar Recommendation 6.4, 14
ask for supporting the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy, each updating the respective previous obligation

Author Commentary 14

14. Ramsar Resolution VIII.37, 14 repeats
Ramsar Recommendation 7.3, 16
In asking non-contracting Parties in the Asia-Pacific Region to participate in the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy

Author Commentary 15

Ramsar Resolution VIII.44, 8:
NEPAD stands for New Partnership for Africa’s Development, AMCEN for African Ministerial Conference on Environment, and AMCOW for African Ministerial Conference on Water.

Author Commentary 16

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.

Author Commentary 17

These activities have been agreed by the ASEAN member countries to promote regional cooperation towards sustainable development. These obligations are duplicated in the Legislative Measures and National policies section of the IAS module.