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Cooperation among the Rio Conventions

The coordinated action on biodiversity, in its broad concept including ecosystems is based on the respective independent legal status and mandates of the three Rio conventions, the different composition of their Parties, thus aiming at avoiding duplication and promoting resource efficiency and supporting the implementation of the decisions of the respective Conferences of the Parties.

1. Collaborate in the collection of scientific-based knowledge, case studies and identify knowledge gaps on links between biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management in Drylands

2. Report to the respective Conferences of the Parties on joint action undertaken

3. Collaborate in enhancing the capacities of countries, particularly developing countries, to implement the decisions of the Conferences of the Parties related to biodiversity and desertification and to promote cooperation,

4. Collaborate, through the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) of the three Rio conventions, as appropriate, to explore:
a. the development of joint activities at the national level, related to capacity building for NAP/NBSAP alignment as well as with UNFCCC’s NAPA-NAPs;
b. Profiling the activities of the Rio Conventions, including success stories at the national level at international events, such as Rio+20; 
c. Identify common options and resource requirements for proposed joint meetings to promote synergies among the Rio Conventions;

5. Collaborate to explore, develop and implement joint actions at the national level to increase cooperation between the natural and social sciences communities to increase the integration of biodiversity, sustainable land management and ecological restoration considerations in disaster reduction and risk management;

6. Collaborate in joint publications and technical series reports, for example on the value of dry and sub-humid lands taking into account the role of pastoralists and other indigenous and local communities in the conservation and sustainable use of the biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands and their associated traditional knowledge;

7. Collaborate to develop guidance on the use of water and land-use management, including adapted agricultural practices and the control of soil erosion, and on identifying threats that have the greatest impacts on dryland biodiversity;

8. Joint action on technical and scientific issues, such as impact indicators and associated methodologies, good practices / lessons learned, taking account of possible synergy and collaborate to identify common indicators between the UNCCD ten-year strategic plan and the 2020 biodiversity target and Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;

9. Collaboration on building and developing capacities of civil society in implementing measures for the sustainable management of drylands and for identifying best practices in particular in Africa;

10. Apply a coordinated focus on gender issues towards the development of a synergy plan of action on gender;

11. Explore joint opportunities for joint communication to promote the respective policy-related issues under the long-term strategic programmes; one key issue is to foster these policies at the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the respective Conferences of the Parties.


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