Tematea in practice

This list was generated on the basis of information received from experts and is only meant as a general indication of how Tematea could be of use. A manual on how to use Tematea is currently being developed on the basis of this information and the national workshops. It will replace this list as soon as it is available.

Experts identified the following uses for Tematea:
  • Support the coherent implementation of the Conventions (e.g. finding additional arguments for activities related to the Conventions when trying to advocate projects or to reason certain positions, analysing possibilities for synergy and danger of conflicts in order to direct efforts for integrated implementation at national level, etc.).
  • Understand linkages and develop activities/initiatives to promote synergy amonst Rio and Biodiversity-Related Conventions.
  • Check information on mandates on a specific issue and get information of all relevant decisions on certain, specific aspects (e.g. in order to better justify the necessity of a specific action/project/program.
  • Understand cross-cutting issues at the global scale and orientations under different MEAs
  • Research and other studies on the mutual relationships of the MEAs.
  • Policy and management support for developing and implementing NBSAP, national action plans on specific thematic area, project proposals, guidelines for protected areas management, etc.
  • Improve integration between national action plans for different MEAs.
  • Awareness raising.
  • Promote understanding on the scope of national reporting.
  • Assist in the preparation of national position before COP and other meetings.
  • Check if country is party to certain agreements.
  • Use as an easy reference point for information on the status of implementation, and requirements/decisions under different conventions/agreements.
  • Use as a tool in conducting various training programs targeted for decision makers, civil society representatives and other stakeholders and promoting their participation in MEA processes (e.g. UNEP ROAP organised a workshop for the LDCs in the region on implementation of these MEAs, with strong focus on CBD, where the modules were a useful guideline and tool).
  • Encourage parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and other agreements to deliver on there obligations in a coordinated manner.
  • Assist NGOs, technical body members and Convention Secretariat representatives when advising staff in implementing authorities at the national level, directing them towards digestible explanatory material to support a technical advice or policy advocacy function.
  • When proposing and developing new provisions for adoption at the global level, use the module to assist in surveying the inter-relationships across agreements on a given topic, searching for precedents/models, and identifying opportunities to make synergistic links.
  • Help in the selection of "sample" topic areas for periodic progress assessments or other analyses.
  • Check to make sure that no documents have been missed.
  • Use as a tool in the development of project proposals on one of the issues, through the identification and maximization of synergies among MEAs and the promotion of a coherent approach.
  • Identify practical tools developed under different MEAs on a specific issue.
  • Use as a quick induction for a new comer (e.g. staff newly appointed who needs to be made aware of the relevant obligations for his/her tasks).
  • Use in guiding policy formulation. The information obtained from implementation of the various decisions for each convention/agreements provides among others policy gaps that need to be addressed.
  • Overview the common tasks following from different MEAs, use the results in giving lectures or to develop CEPA strategies, reporting-monitoring and planning-management schemes, etc.
  • Check on how adaptation is viewed by various biodiversity related MEAs.
  • Get information about the work on the integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change adaptation activities.
  • In the module on 'biodiversity and climate', the Section on 'management - adaptation', Activity 10: integrate adaptation measures into other policies and strategies', is of high relevance for the work undertaken at OECD/DAC to develop a policy guidance on integrating climate change adaptation into development cooperation policies and strategies'. The module was consulted bythe Belgian experts in the preparation of the background and speaking notes for the joint ministerial meeting environment-development in OECD on 4 April.
  • This tool has allowed CODESTA (NGO in Panama) to use project implementations as the starting point for realizing model programmes. Before, the common approach was to take the issue first and design a model programme implementation around the issue. However, now, indigenous needs (affordable, clean renewable energy) are identified first, followed by the searching of the issues and identifying what convention decisions would benefit from programme results and lessons.    
  • To find information on the EU's international obligations on IAS.
  • To develop a national policy on Inland Waters and a national strategy for wetlands as well as the implementation of the UNFCCC and the CBD.
  • Implementation of a project on MEAs implementation regarding protected areas in the Caucasus ecoregion
List of Potential Uses

The following is a non exhaustive list of uses for TEMATEA, as reported by users worldwide:

  • Identification of national priorities and focusing of activities to ensure cost effectiveness
  • Development and evaluation of national legislation, programmes and planning
  • Improved interaction between experts across MEAs and across sectors
  • Development of coherent positions for different MEA meetings
  • Development of focused national reports on specific topics
  • Training and induction of new staff to the multi-convention approach
  • Development and assessment of multi-convention proposals
  • Obtain cost-efficient sectoral integration of biodiversity across a wide range of activities
  • Facilitate the formulation & implementation of coherent policies on biodiversity

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