The UNEP Sourcebook of opportunities for enhancing cooperation among the biodiversity- related conventions at national and regional level is now available.

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UNEP Launches Sourcebook for Enhanced Cooperation among Biodiversity-Related Conventions

IISD. 8 June 2015: The ‘Sourcebook of Opportunities for Enhancing Cooperation among the Biodiversity-related Conventions at National and Regional Levels' was officially launched during an event organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the sidelines of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 8 June 2015. The Sourcebook uses 63 illustrative examples to showcase how individual countries and regional groups are realizing benefits from working collaboratively.

The case studies in the Sourcebook demonstrate, for example, how National Focal Points (NFPs) of the Biodiversity-related Conventions are working together to pool resources, draw on each other's expertise, reduce duplication and make joint funding bids, in relation to six core themes: institutional arrangements; information management and reporting; the science-policy interface; capacity building; the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and related Aichi Biodiversity Targets and National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans (NBSAPs); and financial resource mobilization and utilization.

The Sourcebook was developed as part of a UNEP project funded by the European Union and the Government of Switzerland that aimed to provide NFPs and other stakeholders with options to achieve enhanced implementation through strengthened cooperation. It focuses on six global Conventions: the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS); the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention); the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (WHC); the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA); and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

During the launch event, delegates further considered the linkages between the UNEP Sourcebook and two Ramsar COP 12 outputs: a draft resolution that urges Contracting Parties “to take active steps at national level to improve regular liaison and collaboration among the focal points of related conventions and agreements, including as appropriate through their inclusion in National Ramsar/Wetland Committee;” and considerations by the Strategic Plan Working Group on mechanisms to enhance the visibility and stature of the Ramsar Convention and increase synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements and international entities.

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Launch of the Sourcebook
The UNEP Sourcebook will be officially launched at a side event in the margins of Ramsar COP 12, in Punta del Este, Uruguay,  8th of June from 13:15 – 14:45 in room Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Message from Dr.  Margaret M. Oduk, MEAs Implementation Support Branch, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme, on behalf of the Project Team

During the course of the last year, we have had tremendous support from a range of stakeholders, yourself included, whose input and revisions have been crucial for this publication. Overall, we have had over 90 participants at our two workshops (Montreal Workshop in June 2014 and a Peer-review Workshop in the margins of CBD COP 12 in October), 31 case study contributors, 139 respondents to the UNEP survey 2014, 12 chapter reviewers as well as a number of reviewers commenting on the content of the Sourcebook and providing further input, during the three months following the peer-review workshop in October. On behalf of the project team, I would like to extend my warmest appreciation of your involvement, and a big thank you for your input! 

As you are aware, the aim of the Sourcebook is to provide National Focal Points of the major Biodiversity-related Conventions as well as other stakeholders working on these conventions, with options to achieve enhanced implementation of the conventions through enhanced cooperation. The final publication showcases 63 national/regional examples within six themes: i) institutional arrangements, ii) information management and reporting, iii) the science-policy interface, iv) capacity building, v) The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and NBSAPs, and vi) financial resource mobilization and utilization. Building up on these case studies, options to overcome barriers and challenges have been identified and key lessons learnt are outlined that could be applied to enhance coordination and cooperation at the national level.
For further information on the UNEP Sourcebook please visit the project website:, from which you will also be able to download the Sourcebook once finalised – and thus by the end of this month. Or simply contact the project team!
Following the launch of the Sourcebook at the Ramsar COP, we will also inform you about the next steps on the project and in particular on how the project will continue to support activities to enhance cooperation among the Biodiversity-related Conventions at the national and regional level.

Please contact the information below if you happen to attend the Ramsar COP 12, as we would be very happy to welcome you at the launch!

Margaret M. Oduk, Ph D || MEAs Implementation Support Branch || Division of Environmental Law and Conventions || United Nations Environment Programme || P.O Box 30552, Nairobi. Kenya || Tel 254-20-7623465 || Fax: 254-20-7624255 || email: