Activity 8: Implement impact assessment

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Component 1: Implement impact assessment

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Component 2: Provide information on impact assessment

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  • Contribute case-studies on experiences in environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment: CBD Decision VII/7: SEE COMMENTARY 8
  • Include in national reports information on strategic environment assessment and cultural, environmental and social impact assessment: CBD Decision VII/16, F 14: SEE COMMENTARY 8
  • Share experience on incorporating biodiversity-related issues into environmental impact assessment legislation: CBD Decision VI/7, A2 (part 2): SEE COMMENTARY 8
  • Transmit to the Executive Secretary information and experiences on impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments, incorporation of biodiversity considerations into environmental impact assessment, reports and case studies relating to environmental impact assessment, reports relating to legislation and experience with environmental impact procedures, and reports relating to the implementation of mitigating and incentive schemes: CBD Decision IV/10, 1a-f: SEE COMMENTARY 8 UNCCD Decision 12/COP.6, 2 and UNEP/CBD/COP/7/INF/28: Programme element A of the joint work programme between CBD and UNCCD covers assessments.

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Resolution VIII.9, 10 Provides for synergies with the CBD impact assessment guidelines CBD Decision VI/7, Annex.

Author Commentary 2

Ramsar Resolution VIII.9, 10 CMS Resolution 7.2, 3 endorse CBD Decision VI/7, A2 (part 1), to which the CBD Guidelines for incorporating biodiversity-related issues into environmental impact assessment legislation and/or process and in strategic environmental assessment are annexed.

Author Commentary 3

Ramsar Resolution VIII.9, 17 CMS Resolution 7.2, 6 re-inforce each other (same wording)

Author Commentary 4

Ramsar Resolution VII.16, 10 Repeats and specifies the contents of Ramsar Recommendation 1.6.

Author Commentary 5

CBD Decision VII/4, 7 CBD Decision VII/4, Annex: Goal 3.3 of the revised programme of work on inland water biodiversity requests to ensure that projects and actions are subjected to suitably rigorous impact assessments if they are potentially impacting negatively on inland water biodiversity.

Author Commentary 5a

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 8.2 of the programme of work on island biodiversity.

Author Commentary 5b

CBD Decision VIII/28, 10: This guidance is referred to in the previous paragraph and is contained in document UNEP/CBD/COP/8/27/Add. 2, Annex II.

Author Commentary 6

CBD Decision VII/32, 1 CBD Decision V/18, 1c CBD Decision III/18, 6 Complement each other and partially overlap.

Author Commentary 7

CBD Decision VII/32, 1,
CBD Decision V/18, 1c
CBD Decision III/18, 6
On the integration of biodiversity into impact assessments complement each other and partially overlap.

Author Commentary 8

CBD Decision VII/7,
CBD Decision VII/16, F14
CBD Decision VI/7, A2 (part 2)
Stress different aspects from CBD Decision IV/10, 1a-f On the provision of information on impact assessments to the Secretariat, widening this to inclusion in national reports of information related to, in particular, cultural impact assessments (CBD Decision VII/16, F 14).

Author Commentary 9

Emphasis and preference is given to joint and/or basin-wide development projects and basin programs, through the formulation of a basin development plan, that would be used to identify, categorize and prioritize the projects and programs to seek assistance for and to implement at the basin level