Convention on Biological Diversity – Aichi targets and National Strategic Plan for Biodiversity

During the II BioTrade Congress, the CBD presented the importance for signatory countries to review their National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP)according to the 2020 Aichi targets.

There are 5 Strategic goals detailed by the Aichi targets that every NBSAP should follow:

A: Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society;

B: Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use;

C: To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity;

D: Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services;

E: Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building.

Parties of the CBD are committed to review their NBSAP and implement the new one by 2020. The NBSAPs are important for each country to measure their commitment and progress towards the CBD objectives but they should be seen as a very useful tool for businesses to locally identify  sustainable projects/actions that are relevant for them while supporting the NBSAPs.

Another aspect of this national work is, for sure, the monitoring of such implementation using the Biodiversity Indicators Partnerships as references.

I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Joaquim Manuel responsible of the NBSAP implementation in Angola and the CBD focal point. Angola has planned to organise consultations in February 2014.

I will keep you posted on the development of this.