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National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

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National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are the principal instruments for implementing the Convention at the national level (Article 6). Hashtag:

NBSAPs can be an important means to ensure that biodiversity considerations are in the mainstream of decision-making at national level, and so there may be many areas of your work where you can contribute to their preparation and refinement.

The Convention requires countries to prepare a national biodiversity strategy (or equivalent instrument) and to ensure that this strategy is mainstreamed into the planning and activities of all those sectors whose activities can have an impact (positive and negative) on biodiversity.

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The NBSAP Forum is a new global partnership aiming to support NBSAP revisions, hosted by Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The purpose of NBSAP Forum web portal, which will be operational by July 31st, is to support countries in finding the information they need to develop and implement effective National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The portal will serve to develop a community of practice across a wide range of stakeholders, from national NBSAP practitioners who need access to timely information regarding best practices, guidance and resources, to individuals and organizations who wish to share their information, knowledge, support and resources. The NBSAP Forum portal will provide a number of support functions, including: a) a repository of useful resources for NBSAP practitioners which can be explored by Aichi Biodiversity Target or key themes; b) online forums where members can ask the advice and share experiences with fellow practitioners and technical experts; c) a help desk facility and a list of Frequently Asked Questions to support NBSAP practitioners; d) a peer review facility in which practitioners can seek support and guidance on NBSAP development from fellow practitioners and technical experts.

What are NBSAPs and why is this important now?
Almost every country in the world is in the process of revising its “National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan” (NBSAP). These national plans are the road map for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefits sharing within a country through to 2020. NBSAPs, are the key policy instrument for influencing biodiversity-related decisions, and implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets. They can fundamentally change the trajectory of development and conservation, and can help secure the fate of biodiversity and ecosystems, upon which all life depends, for many decades to come.

NBSAP Forum – http://nbsapforum.net – is an online platform that aims to support the revision and implementation of NBSAPs by facilitating regular communication, information exchange and expertise of NBSAPs practitioners.

IUCN became a partner to the NBSAP Forum in July 2014.

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