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Global Conventions and MEAs

With nearly 30 years of experience, the Regional Seas Programme provides an operational platform on which to construct regional sustainable development, using the deliberations and results of WSSD as blueprint. Practically, it provides regional platforms for both implementation of the principles of sustainable development and for regional implementation of programmes and activities related to global conventions and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

A key area of collaboration relates to the monitoring, reporting and assessment of the marine environment, critical to fill the need for the accurate scientific and technical information needed to implement these agreements.

Other areas of concern in the Regional Seas on which to base future collaboration with MEAs, international organizations and civil society, include ecosystem-based management of living marine resources such as fisheries; data and information management including the use of sustainable development indicators; dissemination of best practices; and a multi-sectoral approach to ICAM.

The Regional Seas Strategic Directions 2004-2007 promote the implementation of biodiversity-related conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Jakarta Mandate, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the World Heritage Convention and the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention).

In addition, the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans collaborate with the Chemicals and Waste Management Conventions (Basel, PICs, POPs, BAT/BEP, etc.) and the relevant Atmosphere and Climate Change Conventions.

Among the global conventions, key Regional Seas partners include: