NOTE: Visitors to the CBD website are advised to consult section VII of the sixth national report for updated information on the themes contained in the country profile below.

Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

A precise overview of the status and trends of biodiversity is difficult to arrive at due to an absence of data on biodiversity in the country. For example, there is a need to undertake more comprehensive studies on avifauna, hoofed animals, mammals and aquatic plants. Very little is known about flora in relation to fauna (apart from the need to independently update national inventories of fauna, particularly wild fauna)... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The monitoring of protected areas remains weak. In spite of several positive actions undertaken in regard to protected areas, the illegal exploitation and poaching of resources continue to be a problem. The level of participation of women in protected areas management is low.

Terrestrial ecosystems have degraded due to traditional itinerant agricultural practices, exploitation of forest resources, poaching, hunting practices, bushfires, mining exploitation, which leads to soil erosion, among other negative consequences... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The NBSAP was adopted in 2002, with its revision and updating foreseen in the short term. The country recognizes the imperative to update the NBSAP in view of the fact that the existing NBSAP does not cover the linkages between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. It should be noted as well that the country’s existing Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) does not mainstream environmental aspects however this need was to be addressed in the development of the revised (2010) PRSP... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Information not available

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The Government of Guinea-Bissau has recently adopted instruments supporting biodiversity implementation, such as the Framework Environment Law (2011), Environmental Impact Assessment Law (2010), National Action Plan to Combat Desertification (2011), National Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change. Other relevant instruments include the Law on Forests (2011), Law on Fauna, Law on Protected Areas, National Strategy on Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation, National Environment Strategy, National Plan for Environmental Management, Environment Code... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

Institutions vital for monitoring and reviewing implementation have been created, such as the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP), in 2004, the Unit for Environmental Impact Assessment (CAIA), in addition to the country’s first State Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development.

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Dr. Justino Biai, PhD
CBD Primary NFP, Protected Areas NFP
Dr. Abilio Rachid Said
Mrs. Aissa Said Morais Regalla de Barros
Mr. Guilherme da Costa
Traditional Knowledge NFP
Dr. Bucar Indjai

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Abdu Na Dum
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Mr. Carlitos Tchami
Mr. Inácio Naboma Quadé
Cartagena Protocol emergency contact point