At the 2010 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 was adopted. The Strategic Plan comprises a shared vision, mission, strategic goal, and 20 targets known collectively as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. One of these targets, Target 17, urges Parties to revise, update and implement their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
The revision process is a key opportunity for countries to develop NBSAPs that are participatory, based on scientific evidence and effectively drive action for the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. However, revision efforts have been impeded by a lack of resources, capacity or coordination. Support and guidance materials are essential if the revised NBSAPs are to be successful.
Working with our project partners, we have developed a comprehensive, coordinated approach to supporting countries with their revision and implementation of NBSAPs as effective policy instruments. Working with the ministries and agencies that are responsible for NBSAP revision, our NBSAP programme of work is providing learning support and knowledge resources to foster the integration of biodiversity into policy debates and processes.
Our programme of work on NBSAPs is making a key contribution to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 17 at the global level, which requires each Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity to develop, adopt and begin implementing NBSAPs as effective policy instruments for biodiversity mainstreaming and improve outcomes for biodiversity and poverty.
We provide NBSAP revision and implementation support on the following key thematic areas:
Support is delivered through the following projects:
Working in collaboration with other organizations, together these projects have:
John Tayleur, Philip Bubb, Matthew Ling, Abisha Mapendembe, Sarah Ivory, Sarah Walker and Katharina von Bieberstein work with colleagues from the CBD, UNEP, UNDP, and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to implement projects that fall under our NBSAP programme of work. The team has a range of skills that bridge both the environment and development sectors and the natural and social sciences, as well as broad experience of engagement with policy processes.
The collaborating partners for this collection of projects are CBD, UNEP, UNDP, IIED, UNDP–UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) and a number of governments and regional and non-governmental organizations.
Funding of activities in support of the programme of work on NBSAPs is provided by UNEP, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), EC-UNEP ENRTP Strategic Cooperation Agreements, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative and the Government of Norway.