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Opening of the discussion "Clarification on the proposed restructuring of the Manual" [#5426]
Dear participants of the Open-ended Online Forum,

Thank you for your contributions in the last round of discussion on the development of a package that aligns the Guidance and Manual. As per the moderator’s summary (https://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/forum_ra/discussion.shtml?threadid=5424), a suggestion was made during the discussion to restructure the Manual, as appropriate, so that for corresponding sections the wording of the headings of and their order would be similar or at least closer to those of the Guidance.

Attached to this message* is a proposal, prepared by the Secretariat, on how the Manual could be restructured for better alignment with the Guidance. This draft restructuring was achieved by renaming and reordering some of the Manual’s sections. It is noted that no concepts were introduced or removed from the Manual. Moreover, the structure of the Guidance remains unchanged. A comparison between the current contents of the Guidance and Manual is also attached for your ease of reference.

In an attempt to maximize the use our time before the vacation season and with the view to building a foundation in preparation for the next discussion on the newly restructured Module 3 of the Manual, we are opening the present discussion for 5 days, till 22 July. This will enable participants to familiarize themselves with the proposed draft restructuring of the Manual and, at the same time, provide an opportunity to those seeking clarification to put forward questions to the Secretariat on how the proposed draft restructuring of the Manual was performed and what changes were made.

We hope that this short discussion will allow for a smooth transition to the next round of scheduled discussions (i.e. on Module 3 of the Manual), which will take place in September as per the updated calendar of activities at http://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/calendar_ra.shtml.

We look forward to your questions concerning the proposed draft restructuring of the Manual.

Thank you and best regards,
Manoela


* When reading this message via email, please see this post in the online forum at http://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/forum_ra/discussion.shtml?threadid=5426 to access the attachments.
(edited on 2013-07-17 18:58 UTC by Manoela Miranda)
posted on 2013-07-17 18:57 UTC by Ms. Manoela Miranda, UNEP/SCBD
This is a reply to 5426 RE: Opening of the discussion "Clarification on the proposed restructuring of the Manual" [#5427]
Dear Manoela, Dear all,

I would like to thank the Secretariat for the proposed restructured version of the Manual. It is perfect for me as the correspondance to the sections with the Guidance. The new version contain the same information as the previouse, at the same time the new wordings of headings make it more simplified for reading and well structuring. 

Best regards,
Angela
Moldova
posted on 2013-07-17 23:22 UTC by Angela Lozan
This is a reply to 5426 RE: Opening of the discussion "Clarification on the proposed restructuring of the Manual" [#5429]
Dear Manoela,
Dear all

First of all, thanks to all that participated in the previous Forum discussion – I did not post comments but I followed it closely. It was profitable in many aspects, and I am sure that this constructive Forum allowed us to proceed in the next steps to reach a better group of documents.

I would like to thank the Secretariat for the proposed restructured version as well. It is now more coherent and   the correlation among the two documents (Manual x Guidance) seems to be more visible.
posted on 2013-07-18 12:01 UTC by Dr. Deise Maria Fontana Capalbo, Brazil
This is a reply to 5426 RE: Opening of the discussion "Clarification on the proposed restructuring of the Manual" [#5430]
POSTED ON BEHALF OF MARIA ANTONIETTA TOSCANO

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Dear Manoela and Dear all,

I observe that  the Secretariat has well interpreted previous observations and this fact is evident from the proposed restructured version of the Manual.

I think that is very correct the correspondance between sections of the Manual compared with sections of Guidance and it is very simple find and focalize sections (except, perhaps, step 5 where there are different words, but similar meaning).

This version mantain the same informations of previous document, but new wordings of headings make it more simple for reading and more easy for utilization. 

In conclusion, I agree with this new version and I thank the Segretariat for results obtained.

My best regards
Maria Antonietta Toscano
posted on 2013-07-18 14:07 UTC by Ms. Manoela Miranda, UNEP/SCBD
This is a reply to 5430 RE: Opening of the discussion "Clarification on the proposed restructuring of the Manual" [#5431]
Dear Manoela, Dear Participants,

I agree with the new restructured version of the Manual proposed by the Secretariat and it seems to me easier for perception and coordinated with the Guidance. I would like to thank the Secretariat for new version.


Sincerely yours,
Galina.
posted on 2013-07-19 07:48 UTC by Dr. Galina Mozgova, Belarus
This is a reply to 5431 RE: Opening of the discussion "Clarification on the proposed restructuring of the Manual" [#5432]
Dear All
I only can join what has been said.  The restructured version reflects what has been proposed and I fully agree to the proposal with much thanks to the Secreteriat.

Best regards
Beatrix
posted on 2013-07-19 08:01 UTC by Beatrix Tappeser, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
This is a reply to 5432 RE: Opening of the discussion "Clarification on the proposed restructuring of the Manual" [#5433]
Dear All,

Thanks very much for this restructuring of the Manual by the secretariat; it looks very good.

While I agree that maintaining some structural continuity between the two documents can be helpful, particularly when both are used concomitantly, as we continue forward I feel that is important to keep mindful that these two documents have distinctly different aims and will necessarily have some variations in structure (and of course information).

Here it is important that the Manual maintains I more flexible structural format as instructional document. Yet I think this restructuring is a very useful starting point for the work ahead.

Kind regards,

David
posted on 2013-07-19 10:04 UTC by David Quist
This is a reply to 5433 AHTEG response to "clarification to the proposed restructuring of theManual" [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] [#5434]
Dear All

Many thanks to the Secretariat for the restructuring of the Manual. I
agree with it. Just one small point, the important linkages between Module
2 and the planning phase/establishing the context in the Guidance seem to
have been lost. Shouldn't there be more green highlighted text for Module
2? And one final note, there is a need to update the Manual as some
material is out of date (e.g. reference to NZ ERMA, which is now EPA) or
could be made more current (e.g. some of the examples).

Best regards
Paul

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posted on 2013-07-22 00:15 UTC by Paul Keese, Australia
This is a reply to 5434 RE: AHTEG response to "clarification to the proposed restructuring of theManual" [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] [#5436]
Dear all

Like the others, I wish to thank the Secretariat for providing a clear proposal on how the Manual could be restructured for better alignment with the Guidance. I am in agreement with this proposal, bearing in mind David's caveat that we may necessarily see and may even want to preserve the flexibility for some differences in the two documents according to their different aims.

kind regards
Lim Li Ching
Third World Network
posted on 2013-07-22 04:31 UTC by Ms. Li Ching Lim, Third World Network