What has been done on monitoring and reporting?

Developments since the entry into force of the Protocol

COP-MOP 3 (November 2018)

At its third meeting, COP-MOP considered a note by the Executive Secretary on monitoring and reporting and adopted decision NP-3/4. In the decision, COP-MOP welcomed the fact that at the time of the meeting 82 of the 100 Parties that had the obligation to report had submitted their interim national report, and also welcomed submissions by non-Parties. COP-MOP also urged Parties that have not yet submitted their interim national report to do so as soon as possible. All reports submitted are available on the ABS Clearing-House.

In preparation for the submission of the next national report, COP-MOP requested the Executive Secretary to review the reporting format for its consideration at its fourth meeting, taking into account comments received, input from the Compliance Committee, the framework of indicators contained in decision NP-3/1, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the alignment of national reports under the Convention and its Protocols, while bearing in mind the need for continuity in the format in order to measure progress in implementation.

Recognizing the importance of improving the alignment of national reporting under the Convention and its Protocols, COP-MOP accepted the invitation of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention contained in decision 14/27, and agreed to have a synchronized national reporting cycle commencing in 2023. Therefore, COP-MOP decided to revisit the issue of intervals for reporting at the sixth meeting of COP-MOP, taking into account the alignment of national reports under the Convention and its Protocols and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Meeting of SBI-2 (July 2018)

As requested by COP-MOP 2, the Executive Secretary consolidated the information contained in the interim national reports received and information published in the ABS Clearing-House as a contribution to the first assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Protocol, pursuant to Article 31 of the Protocol.

The following documents were prepared with the information submitted as of 22 February 2018:
  • Analysis of information contained in the interim national reports and information published in the ABS Clearing-House - CBD/SBI/2/INF/3
  • Statistical overview of the answers provided in the interim national report for the Nagoya Protocol - CBD/SBI/2/INF/4

At its second meeting, the Subsidiary Body on Implementation considered the analysis and information provided by the Executive Secretary in the context of the first assessment and review of the Nagoya Protocol and submitted its findings and recommendations for the consideration of the Parties to the Protocol at their third meeting. The Subsidiary Body on Implementation also reviewed proposals for the alignment of national reporting under the Convention and its Protocols (CBD/SBI/2/12) and agreed on a recommendation containing draft decisions for the governing bodies of the Convention and its Protocols.

COP-MOP 1 (October 2014)

At its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol (COP-MOP) considered the document and draft format prepared by the Executive Secretary (UNEP/CBD/NP/COP-MOP/1/3) and adopted decision NP-1/3 which includes the agreed guidelines and format for submission of the interim national report on the implementation of the Protocol. In the decision, the COP-MOP requested Parties to submit an interim national report on the implementation of their obligations under the Protocol and welcomed the submission of relevant information by non-Parties.

Pursuant to decision NP-1/3, the Executive Secretary is to consolidate the information contained in the interim national reports and information published in the ABS Clearing-House for the consideration of the third meeting of the COP-MOP, as a contribution to the first assessment and review of the effectiveness of the Protocol.

Developments prior to the entry into force of the Protocol

Prior to the entry into force of the Protocol, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP), was established by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (decision X/1) to undertake the preparations for the first meeting of the Parties to the Protocol.

ICNP-3 (February 2014)

At its third meeting, the ICNP considered document UNEP/CBD/ICNP/3/9 and adopted recommendation 3/7. The recommendation requested the Executive Secretary to prepare a draft format for an interim national report which would: (a) avoid duplication in relation to the submission of information already made available through the ABS Clearing-House and national reports under the CBD; (b) consist of simple structured questions allowing for flexibility to respond to checkboxes, as well as to provide narrative information; and (c) allow for the online and offline submission of information through the ABS Clearing-House.