Introduction to TEMATEA

Growing awareness

A growing awareness of the pressure on biodiversity has led to an increase in the number of biodiversity-related conventions. In addition, sectoral agreements frequently take decisions relevant for biodiversity. The national implementation of the resulting obligations by each of the parties to these agreements, remains a huge challenge, mainly because of limited financial and human resources. Although everybody agrees on the need for more coherence between the processes, it seems to be quite difficult to actually put this into practice at the national and global levels.

Need for tools

Countries have therefore repeatedly expressed the need for tools to support and streamline the implementation of different conventions.
Based on the assumption that various agreements address similar environmental challenges, UNEP and IUCN, in collaboration with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (IUCN-ELC) therefore developed the TEMATEA Project on Issue-Based Modules.

The TEMATEA Project on Issue-Based Modules

TEMATEA structures the multitude of commitments and obligations from regional and global biodiversity-related agreements in a logical, issue-based framework. This framework is built around issue-based modules which provide activity-oriented information on national commitments by identifying and grouping implementation requirements from different agreements on a selected issue. This facilitates the understanding by national experts of their national obligations and commitments in relation to a specific issue and lowers the threshold for experts to understand how commitments from other conventions and across sectors relate to their own.
TEMATEA furthermore supports countries in applying this framework. An overview of the way TEMATEA has been used so far can be found in the national experiences, as well.
This website should be seen as a “work in progress” and will be updated at regular intervals to reflect relevant obligations and/or commitments taken by national governments.