CMS Family Manual Assumes a Concrete Form

05 November 2012
- The Working group on the CMS Family Manual met on 1 and 2 November in Bonn to review the progress made in developing the capacity building tools of CMS instruments. This pertained both to the draft CMS Family Manual and the draft concept on the CMS Family National Focal Point (NFP) E-Community Platform.

Participants of the Family Manual Working Group Meeting in Bonn  © F. Rilla

The CMS Family Manual is expected to guide the CMS Family National Focal Points on how to contribute more effectively to the implementation of the CMS Family instruments. The NFP E-Community platform supports this objective by providing an online community-of-practice to facilitate the daily work of NFPs. Working group members also had the possibility to test the online platform and provided positive feedback on its usability. As an outcome of this workshop, refined capacity building tools will be developed and are expected to be finalized by the end of February 2013.

The development of the capacity building tools was subcontracted to the Ecologic Institute, a private nonprofit institute for applied environmental research, policy analysis, and consultancy based in Berlin. Together with the CMS Information and Capacity Building Unit’s Officers and with the support from the AEWA Secretariat, the Institute facilitated the workshop.

The working group consists of 25 active experts from different regions whose members engaged in fruitful discussions.  Experts with different cultural and professional backgrounds generated new ideas from different perspectives. The workshop applied the participatory World Café method inviting participants to take part in discussions in an open and informal setting. This contributed to the constructive and positive atmosphere that prevailed at the workshop.

This initiative is a part of the joint activities implemented under the project title of “Effective Implementation of CMS, AEWA and Other CMS Family Instruments across Various Regions and Languages through Capacity Building the Period 2012-2014”. The project is funded by the Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP) Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA) between the European Commission - Directorate General Environment and UNEP.

For more information, please contact the CMS Associate Capacity Building Officer, Ms. Sofia Chaichee; e-mail:


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