Synergies and Cooperation: A status report on activities promoting synergies and cooperation between Multilateral Environmental Agreements, in particular biodiversity-related conventions, and related mechanisms.

Author: UNEP-WCMC
Date Published: January 2004

There has been a significant amount of work undertaken on exploring synergies and cooperation between Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and in particular the biodiversity-related conventions, by a range of organisations, and a risk exists of duplication of future efforts unless all concerned are clear about the main work done so far. There are two major international targets that make synergy efforts even more relevant. The first is the ambitious target of achieving by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level, set by the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity and subsequently endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The other target has been developed under the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 73: ‘Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources’.