289. What is the relative priority afforded to implementation of this
Article and the associated decisions by your country?
a) High X
290. To what extent are the resources available adequate for meeting the
obligations and recommendations made?
b) Adequate X
d) Severely limiting
Further comments on relative priority and on availability of resources
Belgium attaches great importance to the follow-up of the Global
Environment Facility (GEF) as the interim financial mechanism of the
Convention. As a GEF Council Member, Belgium pays special attention to the
share of biodiversity projects in the overall GEF portfolio, to the timely
approval of enabling activities, to the incorporation of COP guidelines into
GEF policy and activities, and to the adequate reporting of GEF activities to
the COP. In general, the resources for biodiversity through GEF have been
adequate and growing. Within the negotiations for the 3rd replenishment of
GEF, Belgium is defending a substantial increase of resources.
291. Has your country worked to strengthen existing financial institutions
to provide financial resources for the conservation and sustainable use of
b) yes X
Decision III/7. Guidelines for the review of the effectiveness of the
292. Has your country provided information on experiences gained through
activities funded by the financial mechanism?
a) no activities
b) no, although there are activities
c) yes, within the previous national report X
d) yes, through case-studies
e) yes, through other means (please give details below)