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Since 2010, UNEP-WCMC has been executing a UNEP/GEF project on Piloting Integrated Processes and Approaches to Facilitate National Reporting to Rio Conventions (Convention on Biological Diversity CBD, United Nations Conventions to Combat Desertification UNCCD and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC). The 'FNR_Rio' project aims to (a) develop integrated approaches to data collection/analysis and information management of relevance to the three Rio Conventions at the national level; (b) increase synergies in the process of reporting to the three conventions without compromising relevant COP decisions; and (c) contribute to improved overall planning and decision-making processes at the country level related to the implementation of these three conventions. The project works through six pilot countries: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Lao PDR, Liberia, Palau and Mauritius.
As part of a UNEP project on Knowledge Management from 2006-2008, new suggestions for simplified reporting procedures for biodiversity-related agreements were identified and a number of reports were produced.
In October 2000, UNEP convened a workshop 'Towards the harmonization of national reporting' where representatives of eight convention and agreement secretariats, eight countries and several international organizations met in Cambridge, UK, to discuss options for harmonization of reporting. The workshop resulted in the establishment of UNEP-sponsored pilot projects in four countries to explore different approaches to harmonization of national reporting to biodiversity-related conventions. In September 2004, the second Harmonisation Workshop reviewed the results of the pilot projects and further recommendations for development were put forward in the Workshop Report.
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