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COP Decisions

The initial text of the Convention invites Parties to “integrate, as far as possible and as appropriate, the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity into relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies” (Article 6 (b)), and to “integrate consideration of the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources into national decision-making” (Article 10(a)). Other articles of the Convention also have implications for biodiversity mainstreaming, including the requirements to use impact assessments (Article 14) and incentive measures (Article 11) and to regulate or manage process and activities that have significant adverse impacts on biodiversity (Articles 7(c) and 8(l)).

A number of decisions from the previous COPs refer to the close links between biodiversity, development and poverty reduction in various CBD programmes and cross-cutting issues. Major decisions are listed below.

Decision XIII/3
Strategic actions to enhance the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including with respect to mainstreaming and the integration of biodiversity within and across sectors

Decision XII/4
Integrating biodiversity into the post-2015 United Nations development agenda and the sustainable development goals

Decision XII/5
Biodiversity for poverty eradication and sustainable development

Decision XI/22
Biodiversity for poverty eradication and development

Decision X/6
Integration of biodiversity into poverty eradication and development

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