The focal points institutions
have been supported to operationalise their offices
and to initiate a reporting mechanism for the
Convention by compiling national status reports
on the coastal and marine environment.
The support has also contributed
to strengthening the task forces of the Convention,
such as the Forum of Academic and Research Institutions
(FARI) and the Coral Reef Task Force (CRTF). The
national reporting mechanism for the Convention
and the strengthened task forces will give guidance
on national priorities within coastal and marine
management in preparation for the Convention’s
Work Programme for 2008 and onwards.
The Nairobi Convention
Focal Points main roles are:-
- To coordinate information flow from national
institutions, NGOs and locally based national,
bilateral or multilateral projects and ensuring
the dissemination of information to and within
the convention area.
- To act as links to other Multilateral Environment
Agreements, International Organizations and
Fisheries related Conventions. The focal points
will report to COP through the Forum of the
Focal Points of the Nairobi Convention on areas
of synergy and complementarities between the
work plans of all the Conventions at the National
- To ensure inter-sectorial coordination on
the implementation of all activities approved
by Contracting Parties meeting.
- To serve as the channel for all formal communications
between the Secretariat and the governments
and National collaborating institutions and
task force members.
- To participate in preparation of biennial
work plans as national experts, and ensure preparation
and submission of reports on the implementation
of biennial work plans and reports or relevant
activities implemented at the national level
by Government departments, UN agencies, NGOs.
Coordinate the preparation and the state of
the marine environment as contribution to the
regional report to the COP.
- To participate in or assure adequate representation
at the meetings of the National Focal Points
Forum at least once every year and at the COP
- To participate in all resource mobilization
activities in consultation with the vice chair
responsible for and to ensure regular and timely
contributions by participating governments to the Eastern African Trust Fund.
Strengthening of the focal points
will continue to be a priority, and will build
on the momentum generated through the focal point
forum, development of specific terms of reference
and the initiation of a reporting mechanism for
Terms of Reference for
the Forum of Focal Points
- To actively promote the objectives and implementation
of the workplan of the Nairobi Convention and
other and other complementary activities.
- To prepare the workplan and budget of the
Nairobi Convention to be approved by the conference
of the Contracting Parties. In preparation of
the workplan the Forum will take into account
and coordinate with partners of the Nairobi
- To provide guidance and advice to the Secretariat
of the Nairobi Convention.
- To identify issues that require the establishment
of task forces or the development of activities.
Where task forces are established, develop Terms
of Reference and monitor their progress.
- To oversee the implementation of regional
programs under the Nairobi Convention.
- To identify, initiate, develop and endorse
regional project proposals for presentation
to potential partners.
- To act as a platform for information sharing
- To provide technical and scientific advice
and develop scientifically informed policy recommendations
to the Contracting Parties to the Nairobi Convention.
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