Activity 1: Assess genetic resources

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Component 1

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Develop methods to assess and conserve genetic resources related to mountain biological diversity of high economic value for promoting fair and equitable sharing of benefits, respecting national legislation on access to genetic resources: CBD Decision VII/27, 2 and CBD DecisionVII/27,Annex (Programme of work on mountain biodiversity)SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Contribute to initiatives aimed at assessing the benefits of implementing the three objectives of the Convention, and the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the failure to take measures to fulfil the three objectives of the Convention: CBD Decision IX/8, 22
  • Make good use of the guidance on “Describing the ecological character of wetlands, and harmonized data formats for core inventory” as appropriate, adapting it as necessary to suit national conditions and circumstances, within the frameworks of existing regional initiatives and commitments and in the context of sustainable development: Ramsar Resolution X.15, 4 and Ramsar Resolution X.15, Annex (Describing the ecological character of wetlands, and harmonized data formats for core inventory) SEE COMMENTARY 1a

  • Carry out the activities planned in the Programme of Work of the Global Taxonomy Initiative so as to produce the expected outputs in a timely manner and provide information as appropriate in local languages including locally used names of species: CBD Decision IX/22, 4.(b) and CBD Decision IX/22., Annex (Outcome-oriented deliverables for each of the planned activities of the Programme of Work of the Global Taxonomy Initiative) SEE COMMENTARY 1b/a

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Author Commentary 1

This refers to Action 1.4.2 of the programme of work on mountain biodiversity.

Author Commentary 1a

Ramsar Resolution X.15, Annex (Describing the ecological character of wetlands, and harmonized data formats for core inventory):
This refers to Table 1. Ramsar ecological character description sheet which refers to other products and resources, including genetic material under point 4.11.

Author Commentary 1b

CBD Decision IX/22., Annex (Outcome-oriented deliverables for each of the planned activities of the Programme of Work of the Global Taxonomy Initiative):
Planned activity 15 refers to access and benefit-sharing.
Output 5.15.1. Provide guidelines on benefits of taxonomy in the context of access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing, and outline requirements for applicable international obligations relating to prior informed consent and material transfer agreement for taxonomic institutions by the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Suggested actors may include national Governments, the Convention, taxonomic institutions.
Output 5.15.3. Information be made easily and clearly accessible on relevant national legislation and means to obtain permits for collecting, transborder movement, research and other issues of significance to work on specimens in the context of the Global Taxonomy Initiative by 2010. Suggested actors may include Parties, through CBD focal points and national competent authorities, clearing-house mechanism.