The successful use and application of a CMS Family instrument is a continuous, iterative process. Member States have to apply a cogent series of steps; many at the national level. For an easier understanding of implementation at national level six basic steps are outlined in simple and concise terms.

Step 1: Familiarity with the Instrument(s) and National Reporting Requirements

Step 2: Review of National Legislation and Identification of Gaps

Step 3: Setting up a National Consultation Process

Step 4: Development of National Strategy and / or Implementation Plans

Step 5: Promote and Facilitate the Implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP) and/or National Implementation Plan (NIP)

Step 6: Monitor, Assess and Report on National Implementation