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Djibouti - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

Djibouti is made up of rich and varied terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The terrestrial ecosystem is separated into the mountainous region and the semi-arid lowlands (plateaus, plains and depressions). These lowland regions are mainly steppes, and shrubby and partially treed grasslands. Vegetation is dominated by species adapted to dry climates such as acacias... More »

Number and Extent of Protected Areas

The Djibouti Republic does not possess terrestrial protected areas, but has 2 marine protected areas: Muscha Regional Park and the Maskali Reserve.

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

According to the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, the principal issues to be addressed include: alleviation of advanced degradation caused by anthropogenic pressures; revision of the urban scheme and an improvement in the management of solid and liquid wastes; motivation and implication of all stakeholders; promotion of new sustainable activities such as ecotourism; decentralization of environmental information which must reach the ensemble of districts and encouragement of sustainable development at the local level... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

One of Djibouti’s national objectives is to conserve biodiversity in-situ in zones of ecological significance at the national or international level. The country has created several terrestrial and marine protected areas, although they are not currently under surveillance. Measures, such as awareness raising workshops, have been taken in areas where some species, like marine turtles, are illegally exploited... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

One of the objectives is to ban all human activities in protected areas so they can become refuges for many animal species. In 2000, new zones that could potentially become protected areas have been identified. These areas have been chosen notably because they are home to rare plant and animal species

Initiatives in Access and Benefit Sharing

Djibouti established a partnership with the laboratory of plant biotechnology of Riyad in Saudi Arabia following the donation of varieties of date palm plants present in Saudi Arabia. The country also mentions that a treaty may be signed with the “Institut de la Recherche pour le Développement de Montpellier” (France). In addition, Djibouti has signed three international conventions in regard to intellectual property... More »

Initiatives for Article 8(j)

A development programme regarding date palm plants is being implemented.

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

H.E.M. Mohamed Moussa Ibrahim
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP, GTI NFP
M. Dini Abdallah Omar
CBD Primary NFP
M. Mohamed Elmi Obsieh
ICNP ABS NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

M. Dini Abdallah Omar
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Mr. Abdoulkader Ahmed Aouled
BCH NFP

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