Conservation Management

A series of online courses on conservation management

Introduction to GIS for Conservation

This free course uses interactive tools to present information about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts, tools, and functionality in a conservation context. Within this course you will learn to define GIS and the major advantages of using GIS (including dynamic maps and feature to attribute relationships).

Steps for Compiling the National Report

As an integral part of the implementation, reporting is a rolling and iterative process. It starts with the planning of implementation and carries through to the assessment of what has been done.

STEP 1: Starting to plan the reporting together with the implementation planning

Reporting Platforms

Within the CMS Family, National Reporting currently takes place using two main methods. Until recently, the report formats were only made available in standard office software applications (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF). This meant that the standard Word or PDF files were filled in by each country and sent to the Secretariat/Coordinating Unit.

As an alternative, some of the Agreements such as those of IOSEA, ACAP and ACCOBAMS have started providing their National Report formats as online templates which can be accessed and completed via their websites.

Stakeholder Involvement and Coordination

The National Reporting process is a collective, collaborative and participatory exercise. This multi-agency, multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process should ideally involve all relevant governmental, scientific and academic institutions, non-governmental and other organizations and stakeholders at different levels who contribute to the implementation of the CMS Family instruments and/or can provide necessary data and information.

Who Reports and How to Report

The responsibility for the National Reporting process under CMS and its instruments lies with the designated NFP for each country. The NFPs can however appoint a designated National Respondent to run the National Reporting process in their place.

National Report Formats

Most CMS Family instruments have their own National Report Format. The format defines which type of information needs to be reported by the countries under each Instrument. Broadly the categories of information concern the status of the migratory species covered by the instrument, threats and pressures facing them, relevant responses taken as well as knowledge, capacity, institutional and financial matters.

Steps for Compiling the National Report

Start to plan the reporting together with the implementation planning
Be clear on what needs to be reported
Identify who can help and contribute to the information compilation process
Make sure you obtain the correct information for National Reports

Familiarize/Analyze the text of the CMS and its instruments including National Reporting requirements

  Review and revise existing national legislation
The review should look for gaps and how existing legislation and policy support the implementation of the instruments.
A review should not only focus on the existence of national legislation but also encompass its enforcement.