Activity 4: Build capacity

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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Develop the capacity within institutions in Contracting Parties to achieve wetland conservation and wise use: Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 18.1 SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Give priority to training and capacity-building regarding the implementation of integrated management approaches: Ramsar Resolution IX.20, 12 SEE COMMENTARY 2
  • Pay attention to the needs for building institutional capacity at the national level to address the linkages between climate change and wetlands: Ramsar Resolution VIII.3, 19
  • Work with Wetlands International in order to make available expertise in training and capacity building in wetland inventory: Ramsar Resolution VIII.6, 23
  • Build capacity for the implementation of participatory approaches: Ramsar Resolution VII.8, 19
  • Develop capacity for the identification of new and dangerous alien species and the promotion of legislation and management: Ramsar Resolution VII.14, 18e
  • Support the development of local, national and regional capabilities regarding wetlands in the Pacific Islands region: Ramsar Recommendation 6.18, 11
  • Make available resources for the implementation of the revised programme of work on inland waters, including capacity-building: CBD Decision VII/4, 9
  • Provide indigenous and local communities with capacity-building and financial resources to support their participation in tourism policy-making, planning and management: CBD Decision VII/14, 8
  • Build capacity for research related to disease processes in migratory bird species, monitoring of their movements and populations and development of surveillance programmes for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in bird populations: CMS Resolution 8.27, 2

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

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Author Commentary 1

Ramsar Strategic Plan 2003-2008, Operational Objective 18.1:
Action 18.1.1 calls for a review of national institutions responsible for wetland conservation and wise use, action 18.1.2 for the establishment of National Ramsar/Wetland Committees, and action 18.1.3 for a review of the designated Ramsar national Administrative Authority and the national focal points for the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) and for Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA).

Author Commentary 2

Ramsar Resolution IX.20, 12:
This provision refers to the observation that wetlands occur within all biomes, take many forms, and are influenced by many activities and therefore require integrated planning and management approaches (Ramsar Resolution IX.20, 1).

Author Commentary 2a

CBD Decision VIII/1, 1 and
CBD Decision VIII/1, Annex:
This is priority action 18.5 of the programme of work on island biodiversity.

Author Commentary 2b

CBD Decision VIII/3, 10e:
This provision specifically refers to training in the areas of identification of taxa, information exchange and database management. The programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative is contained in CBD Decision VI/8, Annex.

Author Commentary 2c

CBD Decision VIII/24 10:
The programme of work on protected areas can be found in CBD Decision VII/28, Annex.

Author Commentary 2d

CBD Decision VIII/26, 6:
The paragraph referes back to the list of activities on positive incentive measures in the preceding paragraph.

Author Commentary 3

CBD Decision VII/29, 2
CBD Decision VII/29, Annex:
Operational target 4.3 states that technical, scientific, institutional and administrative capacity is adequate for the review of national policies and programmes and the identification of barriers for technology transfer.

Author Commentary 4

UNCCD Decision 1/COP.6, 17:
The specific programmes should aim at combating land degradation and mitigating the effects of drought, protecting biodiversity, and facilitating the regeneration of degraded forests, while promoting sustainable livelihoods at local level.

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WHC Decision 29 COM 10, 6:
The Global Framework Programme for Capacity Building on Natural Heritage is set within the context of the Global Training Strategy and Priority Action Plan for World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 25th session in 2001.