Activity 4: Cooperate nationally

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Component 1

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Liaise with relevant partners to undertake inventories, assessments and monitoring of fisheries resources which depend on wetlands: Ramsar Resolution IX.4, 27
  • Improve liaison between Ramsar Convention Administrative Authorities and focal points for related agreements and communicate with the Secretariat on progress in harmonizing information management and national reporting: Ramsar Resolution IX.5, 11
  • Create new partnerships between local communities, developers and conservationists to ensure that local perspectives are included and existing sustainable livelihood strategies are respected: Ramsar Resolution IX.14, 8 SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Develop processes which integrate efforts aimed at broader protected area system development with Ramsar site network expansion, World Heritage site nomination and Biosphere Reserve identification: Ramsar Resolution IX.22, 10
  • Contracting Parties that are also Parties to the CBD: Review national processes for implementation of the CBD work programme on marine and coastal biodiversity to ensure that such reviews integrate the identification and designation of Ramsar sites: Ramsar Resolution IX.22, 12 and CBD Decision VII/5, Annex I
  • Increase collaboration between institutions and focal points responsible for MEA implementation: Ramsar Resolution VIII.5, 16
  • Initiate intra- and interministerial dialogues with a view to enhance integration of policies related to water resources and wetlands: Ramsar Resolution VIII.34, 22
  • Contracting Parties also Parties to the CBD: Support the partnership approach between Ramsar and CBD in the development of tools on incentives and impact assessment: Ramsar Resolution VII.18, 16
  • Review internal mechanisms for harmonising the implementation of agreements: Ramsar Resolution VII.27, 18
  • Strengthen coordination of the approach to Ramsar and the CBD: Ramsar Resolution VI.9, 13
  • Strengthen coordination of the approach to Ramsar and the GEF: Ramsar Resolution VI.10, 10
  • Develop mechanisms by which NGOs may assist governments in achieving the Convention’s mission: Ramsar Resolution VI.21, 3
  • Ensure cross-referencing to, and coherence with, the other thematic programmes of work while implementing the programme of work on inland water biodiversity: CBD Decision VII/4, 11
  • Cooperate with Ramsar and CMS on integrated catchment management and migratory species corridors in drylands as well as with CITES on rare species in drylands: CBD Decision V/23, 3 and CBD Decision V/23, Annex (Programme of work on dry and sub-humid lands) SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Include inland water biodiversity in the participation and collaboration with organisations and conventions: CBD Decision IV/4, 3
  • Enhance the participation of agencies responsible for sturgeon and paddlefish in programmes for these species: CITES Resolution 12.7 (Rev. COP 13)
  • Enhance cooperation amongst wildlife-trade enforcement agencies concerning trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles: CITES Resolution 11.9 (rev. COP 13)
  • Facilitate partnerships between NGOs or other bodies for rescue centres for seized tortoises and freshwater turtles: CITES Resolution 11.9 (rev. COP 13)
  • Ensure cooperation between national focal points for the biodiversity-related conventions and between them and sectors responsible for drivers of change in inland water biodiversity: CBD Decision VIII/20, 4 SEE COMMENTARY 1a

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Resolution IX.14, 8:
This resolution addresses the issue of wetlands and poverty reduction.

Author Commentary 1a

CBD Decision VIII/20, 4:
The biodiversity-related conventions are the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and World Heritage Convention.

Author Commentary 2

CBD Decision V/23, 3
CBD Decision V/23, Annex:
Activity 7l of the programme of work on dry and sub-humid lands asks for cooperation with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Convention on Migratory Species on integrated catchment management and migratory species corridors in drylands as well as with CITES on rare and endangered species in dry and sub-humid lands. Activity 7m aims at cooperation with all relevant conventions, in particular the UNCCD, on sustainable use of biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands, the application of the ecosystem approach, the assessment of the status and trends of as well as threats to dryland biodiversity.

Author Commentary 2a

CBD Decision VIII/19, 7:
The programme of work on forests can be found in CBD Decision VI/22, Annex, the programme of work on protected areas in CBD Decision VII/28, Annex.

Author Commentary 3

CMS Resolution 6.4, 1 and
CMS Resolution 6.4, Annex:
Operational objective 2.1 (sectoral / interdisciplinary approaches) of the Strategic Plan for 2000-2005 asks for engagement and more frequent interaction with those sectors and disciplines whose activities and influence are vital for the success of conservation initiatives for migratory species.

Author Commentary 4

UNCCD Decision 12/COP.7, 5:
The decision does not specify which convention paragraph 5 is referring to, but it refers to document ICCD/COP(7)/5, which outlines the cooperation of the UNCCD with CBD,UNFCCC, CMS and Ramsar Convention.

Author Commentary 5

UNCCD Decision 12/COP.7, 9:
The decision is about synergies with other relevant conventions and relevant international organizations, institutions and agencies

Author Commentary 6

This obligation is duplicated in theCooperation section of this module and in the IAS module [Cooperation].