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GTOS AND THE CONVENTIONS
 

The Global Terrestrial Observing System
 
and The Data and Information Needs
 
of Some of The Environmental Convention Secretariats
 
M. D. Gwynne
October 1996 (Updated April 1997)

CONTENTS

1. SUMMARY CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

2. BACKGROUND

  • Rationale
  • Terrestrial observing system
  • Users
3. THE CONVENTIONS

3.1 Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (RAMSAR) (1971)

  • The Convention
  • Funds available
  • Links with other Conventions
  • Needs from GTOS
3.2 Convention Governing the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)
  • The Convention
  • World Heritage Fund
  • Site description and monitoring
  • Natural sites
  • Needs from GTOS
3.3 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (1973)
  • The Convention
  • Funds available
  • Links with other Conventions
  • Needs from GTOS
3.4 Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) (1979)
  • The Convention
  • Funds available
  • Links with other Conventions
  • Links with the World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  • Needs from GTOS
3.5 BASEL Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (1989)
  • The Convention
  • Funds available
  • Links with other Conventions
  • Needs from GTOS
  • Land-fill sites
  • Incineration sites
3.6 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • The Convention
  • Funds available
  • Links with other Conventions
  • Needs from GTOS
3.7 Convention on Biological Diversity (1992)
  • The Convention
  • Funds available
  • Links with other Conventions
  • Needs from GTOS
3.8 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (1994)
  • The Convention
  • Funds available
  • Links with other Conventions
  • Needs from GTOS
4. FINDINGS

5. GTOS SHORT TERM STRATEGY

ANNEX I: PERSONS CONSULTED


For bibliographic and reference purposes this publication should be referred to as:

UNEP/DEIA (1996). M.D. Gwynne. GTOS and the Conventions: The Global Terrestrial Observing System and the data and information needs of some of the Environmental Convention Secretariats - UNEP/DEIA/TR.96-3 - Division of Environmental Information and Assessment, United Nations Environment Programme, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya.


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