To implement this strategy, the relevant actors in the policy areas will have to develop the action plans and other measures in view of the specific goals they are pursuing and with the specific mechanisms and procedures to which they are subject. The actors requested to elaborate or contribute to the elaboration of action plans and other measures are in the first instance the relevant agencies and services responsible for the policy area concerned, working in close co-ordination with each other as well as in co-operation with other institutions and bodies and national authorities where the responsibility for the definition and implementation of measures is shared. Action plans should take the form of proposals for legal instruments.
The implementation of the [Convention on Biological Diversity] by the European Community calls for a two-step process. The adoption of the [European Community Biodiversity Strategy] containing the general policy orientation is the first step. The second is the development and implementation of Action Plans and other measures by the Commission through its services responsible for the policy areas concerned. This second step will enable the Commission to translate into concrete actions the objectives derived from the Convention. By establishing a mechanism to ensure the integration of biodiversity concerns into other policy areas and instruments the strategy contributes to filling a gap in existing Community conservation policy.