Why international policy is important
- Supporting efforts to increase funding and political support for protected areas and biodiversity by promoting the benefits of biodiversity to development, national economies and local people;
- Influencing global biodiversity policy to promote ambitious targets and innovate approaches to strengthen biodiversity conservation;
- Sharing experience and lessons learned between the five focal regions as well as with other regions around the world such as the Amazon which are also working with partners to support CBD implementation;
- Building capacity for implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA).
Decisions by global organisations and Conventions can have a strong influence on government policies and priorities at national level. International decisions often consider new scientific information, experience and best practice from around the world. They also consider how new approaches and initiatives such as the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services to national and regional economies, or TEEB
, can be implemented at national level. When governments are committed to ambitious targets, or the use of new approaches, through international decisions, then political will, funding and action on the ground can follow at the national level.
How to ensure international decisions are implemented
Many international decisions remain poorly implemented because governments make commitments at global fora that are often poorly understood by their local electorate and media. So many governments don’t feel accountable. And where governments would like to implement international commitments they often lack the financing, capacity and expertise to do so. If international decisions are to be implemented at national level then they should be:
1. Clear with tangible targets or outcomes
2. Supported by funding and technical support
3. Accompanied by mechanisms to monitor progress
4. Followed-up by civil society advocacy activities in the national context
PA4LP works in all of these four areas to promote implementation of the PoWPA.
Highlights of PA4LP activities include:
Advocating for better decisions
Providing funding and technical support
- Advocating before and at CBD meetings to ensure countries sign up to strong decisions;
- Ensuring biodiversity stays on the global agenda by advocating at global fora such as the UNFCCC, UNGA and G8;
- Promoting the economic and other values of biodiversity conservation;
- Informing global decisions by sharing lessons learned and expertise gained on the ground.
- Making the case for increasing funding for biodiversity (see publications below);
- Providing support for innovative financing through the LifeWeb Initiative;
- Organizing events to secure support from donors;
- Taking part in international workshops with the “Friends of PoWPA” to share experiences.
Measuring and showcasing progress
Following up on activities at national level
- Ensuring the PoWPA has strong targets and timelines and that it is measurable;
- Assessing progress on PoWPA implementation with the WWF scorecards;
- Producing reports on how PoWPA is nationally and regionally implemented;
- Supporting lobbying activities at national level (e.g. regional workshops in Latin America & Africa);
- Organizing key events to showcase progress and follow up on countries commitments.