An indicative list of joint planning/programming activities and operational mechanisms to promote synergy among the Rio Conventions is set out below:
1. Collaboration among national focal points:
§ Schedule periodic meetings between focal points and focal point teams;
§ Establish a national coordinating committee for implementation of the three Rio Conventions, including, as appropriate, mainstreaming into sustainable development strategies, the Millennium Development Goals and other relevant sectors and strategies;
§ Engage focal points from other relevant conventions when forming a position for negotiations.
2. Cooperation on national-level planning:
§ Review existing national plans to identify gaps in synergy;
§ Identify relevant sector plans and policies that could benefit from cooperation on biodiversity, desertification and climate change;
§ Revise relevant plans and policies, as appropriate, to enhance cooperation;
§ Build institutional and scientific capacity and raise awareness among different ministries, policymakers and non-governmental organizations dealing with the three Rio Conventions and other relevant conventions.
3. Collaboration at the level of convention bodies and secretariats:
§ Provide input, as appropriate, to the Joint Liaison Group.
4. Collaboration on specific relevant topics:
§ Provide inputs to the technology transfer databases of the three Rio Conventions;
§ Prepare, as appropriate, transparent impact assessments and risk analyses on the transferred technologies, taking into consideration economic viability, social acceptability and environmental benefits;
§ Enhance cooperation among national focal points for the implementation of the programme of work on technology transfer under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
All these activities and mechanisms can be implemented between the UNCCD and one of the other two Rio conventions (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and CBD), or among the three conventions.