Thursday, November 11, 2010

2010: Biodiversity Planning

National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) were developed to play a key role in the national implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).The report highlights the following key findings:
Firstly, most of the of NBSAPs adopted (by 88% of CBD parties) were crucial to the implementation process. NBSAPs generated important results in many countries including helping to create a better understanding of biodiversity, its value and how to address threats. In addition, legal gaps in implementation were filled, the coverage of protected areas was extended considerably and in many countries, endangered species received increased protection. Secondly, the three objectives of the CBD received varying levels of attention in NBSAPs. 'Conservation' received the most attention followed by 'sustainable use'. 'Equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources' received the least amount of attention and lastly, there seems to have been poor correlation between NBSAPs and poverty alleviation and MDG strategies, as well as between NBSAPs and sectoral policies. The report is available on

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