CBD Programme work in Uganda

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CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas

The CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (CBD-POWPA) was adopted during COP 7 in February 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Decision VII/28). The overall purpose of the programme of work on protected areas is to support the establishment and maintenance by 2010 for terrestrial and by 2012 for marine areas of comprehensive, effectively managed, and ecologically representative national and regional systems of protected areas that collectively, inter alia through a global network contribute to achieving the three objectives of the Convention and to significantly reduce the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels and contribute to poverty reduction and the pursuit of sustainable development, thereby supporting the objectives of the Strategic Plan of the Convention, the World Summit on Sustainable Development Plan of Implementation and the Millennium Development Goals

The programme of work consists of four interlinked elements intended to be mutually reinforcing and cross-cutting in their implementation. The programme of work is intended to assist Parties in establishing national programmes of work with targeted goals, actions, specific actors, time frame, inputs and expected measurable outputs. Parties may select from, adapt, and/or add to the activities suggested in the current programme of work according to particular national and local conditions and their level of development. The implementation of the programme of work will contribute to achieving the three objectives of CBD namely the conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of components of biodiversity and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

Parties to CBD are called upon to achieve fully the goals and targets of POWPA, implement the activities of POWPA and to take further steps in curbing the illegal exploitation and trade of resources, particularly from existing protected areas and from areas of ecological importance for biodiversity conservation.

PoWPA has 4 programme elements, 16 goals and 92 associated activities. The four programme elements are: Direct actions for planning, selecting and establishing, strengthening and managing protected area systems; Governance, participation, equity and benefit sharing; Enabling activities and Standards, assessments and monitoring.