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National inclusion of biodiversity
Information Digest No. 95: Sectoral integration in Ukraine
. This digest presents information on scope of incorporating the issue of biodiversity into other policies, strategies, action plans, etc., including forestry, land use, agriculture, fisheries, education and awareness-raising, climate change; application of the ecosystem approach; availability of assessment of biodiversity in national strategic assessment of the environment and other similar documents; and biodiversity issues in other conventions and agreements.
Information Digest No. 94: Sectoral integration in Slovakia
. This digest covers Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy including National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Slovak Republic (NSSD) and State Tourism Policy of the Slovak Republic (ŠPCR), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Culture.
Information Digest No. 93: Sectoral integration in Russian Federation
. This digest provides information on mainstreaming of biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, rural development and agriculture, development of tourism; conservation of biodiversity in other national strategic programs and state strategic planning documents, such as research programs, system of environmental education, the media, social organizations, programs of the fuel and energy complex, mining and oil and gas industries; and long-term goals and objectives of biodiversity conservation in the strategic documents on other conventions related to biodiversity (CITES, the Ramsar Convention, the Convention on Migratory Species, the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, Climate Change, to Combat Desertification, and others).
Information Digest No. 92: Sectoral integration in Romania
. This digest contains information on sustainable use of genetic resources, promotion and implementation, measures against global warming, and ecological sustainable tourism.
Information Digest No. 91: Sectoral integration in Republic of Moldova
. This digest contains information on institutional framework, including Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR), Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI), State forestry agency "Moldsilva", Ministry of Local Public Administration (MLPA), local public authorities (LPA), other authorities from the sphere; legal framework, strategies, programmes and their implementation in the sphere of conservation of biological diversity, including Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EGPRS), National Programme “Satul Moldovenesc”(2005-2015), Action Plan “Republic of Moldova – European Union”, National Development Strategy 2008-2011; sector level, for instance, agriculture, forestry, rural development, trade, industry, health, research and education; conclusions and recommendations on integration of biological diversity issues at sectoral level.
Information Digest No. 90: Sectoral integration in Poland
. This digest presents information on forest management, agriculture, fishery, and tourism.
Information Digest No. 89: Sectoral integration in Hungary
. This digest briefs on integrating biodiversity conservation into relevant sectors, including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, regional development, land use planning, transport, energy, tourism, education; other national and sub-national strategies, programmes and processes, such as New Hungary Development Plan, New Hungary Rural Development Programme, National Sustainable Development Strategy, National Climate Change Strategy; impact assessments; and other convention processes.
Information Digest No. 88: Sectoral integration in Czech Republic
. This digest contains information on national policies and strategies, ecological sustainable tourism, environmental education, financial support mechanisms, including subsidy schemes in nature protection in the Czech Republic, and development assistance to other countries.
Information Digest No. 87: Sectoral integration in Bulgaria
. This digest includes information on forestry, game management and hunting, agriculture, fishery, water sector, economy, energetics, transport, regional development, tourism, science and education.
Information Digest No. 86: Sectoral integration in Belarus
. This digest provides information on spatial planning and urban development, transport and road construction, agriculture and land use, forestry and hunting, fisheries, water resources and irrigation, industry and energy, defense, tourism and recreation, education, integration or mainstreaming of biodiversity in other conventions, agreements and processes.
Information Digest No. 229: Sectoral integration in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
. This digest compiles information on UK Country Integration Strategies; addressing threats to biodiversity, from agriculture, woodlands, marine and coastal, water and wetlands, air quality, invasive non-native species, infrastructure development, climate change, public engagement; evidence.
Information Digest No. 228: Sectoral integration in Sweden
. This digest covers information on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, physical planning, other sectors, the ecosystem approach, biodiversity in environmental impact assessment, other convention processes.
Information Digest No. 227: Sectoral integration in Norway
. This digest contains information on Ministry of Children and Equality (BLD), Ministry of Finance (FIN), Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs (FKD), Ministry of Defence (FD), Ministry of Health and Care Services (HOD), Ministry of Justice and the Police (JPD), Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development (KRD), Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs (KKD), Ministry of Education and Research (KD), Ministry of Agriculture and Food (LMD), Ministry of Trade and Industry (NHD), Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED), Ministry of Transport and Communications (SD).
Information Digest No. 226: Sectoral integration in Lithuania
. This digest provides information on general programmes, agriculture and rural development, fisheries, transport, tourism, energy, education and information, climate change, and environmental impact assessment.
Information Digest No. 225: Sectoral integration in Latvia
. This digest collects information on national strategies and programmes, such as Latvian Sustainable Development Strategy 2030, National Development Plan 2007-2013, Declaration of the Intended Activities of the Cabinet of Ministers; cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies, such as the Spatial Development Concept of the Coastal Zone (2011-2017), the Land Use Policy Concept 2008-2014; sectoral strategies and programmes, including environment, economy, communication, transportation, agriculture, forestry, tourism, education and science, defense.
Information Digest No. 224: Sectoral integration in Ireland
. This digest includes information on on National Development Plan 2007-2013; Rural Development Strategy and Programme 2007-2013 (RDP); other programmes and measures of significance for biodiversity; incentives; adoption of the ecosystem approach (mainstreaming) and biodiversity; environmental impact assessment (EIA) and biodiversity; strategic environmental assessment (SEA); Ireland’s overseas development assistance (ODA) and biodiversity.
Information Digest No. 223: Sectoral integration in Finland
. This digest collects information on governance structure; key means to mainstream biodiversity issues; mainstreaming biodiversity into international co-operation, including EU co-operation and biodiversity, the EC mid-term review and the 2010 target, Green Diplomacy Network (GDN), biodiversity and climate change, the science/policy interface, development co-operation, financial resources, international evaluations of biodiversity in Finland; regional co-operation, such as Finland in Nordic co-operation on biodiversity, co-operation between Finland and Russia on nature conservation, and Arctic co-operation on biodiversity issues.
Information Digest No. 222: Sectoral integration in Estonia
. This digest briefs on national development plans; environment; economy; communication, transportation; housing and communal services; agriculture and primary sector (fisheries, forestry); tourism; education and science; health, social care and youth; regional development and regional policies; defense and security, foreign policy.
Information Digest No. 221: Sectoral integration in Denmark
. This digest covers on legal and institutional framework, spatial planning, municipal cooperation, agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture policies, extraction of raw materials, infrastructural development, such as railways and highways; financing and expenditure; fiscal policy; education; international co-operation, such as international agreements, multilateral assistance, and bilateral assistance.
Information Digest No. 311: Sectoral integration in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
. This digest briefs on examined the main directions of national policies are expressed in development plans, action plans made to put them into practice, sectoral policies and other similar documents. This include: National Master Plan of the Republic of Macedonia, State Budget Strategy 2008-2012, Sustainable Macedonia 21 (SM21), Coalition agreements of the government, Sectoral development plan 2007–2010, Research and preservation, Sectoral development plan 2008–2012, Strategy for accomplishment of basis for population policy 2006-2015, Development Plan for Support to Civic Initiative 2010, Economy: Long-term Public Fuel, Energy Sector Development Plan 2006-2015, The Macedonian Communication Strategy for Environment (2006-2020), The Public Transport Development Programme 2008-2015, The Rural Development Plan 2008-2015, National Fisheries Development Plan 2006– 2010, National Forestry Development Plan 2006-2010, National Hunting Activities Development Plan 2006–2010, The National Tourism Development Plan 2006-2020, The Development Plan for e-learning 2008-2015, The National Education Strategy 2006- 2015; health, social care and youth; regional development and regional policies; comments of implementation of Strategic Action Plan.
Information Digest No. 310: Sectoral integration in Spain
. This digest covers integration of biodiversity considerations into other sectors, including agriculture, rural development, forestry, fishing, regional and territorial development, transport, hunting, tourism and energy, international cooperation; integration of biodiversity considerations into national strategies and programs, including Spanish Sustainable Development Strategy (EEDS), Environmental Liability Law, National Strategy for River Restoration; integration in other Rio processes; conclusions.
Information Digest No. 309: Sectoral integration in Slovenia
. This digest provides information on overview of individual activities, including agriculture (sustainable use of biodiversity in agriculture, support to breeders of indigenous breeds of domestic animals, genetic resources in agriculture, international cooperation on biodiversity in livestock farming), forestry, hunting, fisheries, water management, industry and energy sector, transport (road transport, greenhouse-gas emissions), tourism, measures to mitigate climate change; support activities, such as legislative and economic mechanisms (legislation governing conservation of biodiversity and protection of valuable natural features, financial resources for conservation of biodiversity and protection of valuable natural features), spatial management, monitoring, education, training and communication (partnership); other national strategies and initiatives; implementation of international conventions important for conservation of biodiversity (biodiversity-related conventions, other relevant treaties).
Information Digest No. 308: Sectoral integration in Serbia
. This digest contains information on environmental protection and EU integration, legal and institutional framework for environmental management, funding systems in environment protection, integrating biodiversity conservation into relevant sectors, environmental protection in national strategic documents, sectors in protection of environment and biodiversity, including agriculture, forestry, fishery, hunting, water resource management, energy, mining and industry, tourism, and traffic.
Information Digest No. 307: Sectoral integration in Portugal
. This digest briefs on land use planning, environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment, agriculture, hunting, forests, fisheries, tourism, other policies and activities.
Information Digest No. 306: Sectoral integration in Montenegro
. This digest briefs on major strategic documents, Tourism Development Strategy, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and inter-sectoral integration of biodiversity concerns through sustainable use.
Information Digest No. 305: Sectoral integration in Malta
. This digest provides information on agriculture & rural development (rural development, Good Agricultural Practice, cross-compliance, organic farming), fisheries & aquaculture, tourism, air quality, climate change, development control and land use planning (including environment assessments), water.
Information Digest No. 304: Sectoral integration in Italy
. This digest includes information on safeguarding biodiversity in the plans and programmes of various sectors, including rural development and agriculture, forests, fishing, quarries and mines, tourism, human health policies related to biodiversity, food security; international Biodiversity Agreements at the global, regional and European level, such as global biodiversity tools, regional transnational biodiversity tools, European and pan-European tools; other conventions affecting biodiversity, including the other Rio conventions, other global and regional transnational tools that affect biodiversity; biodiversity in other national and sub-national strategies and programmes, including national sustainable development plans and activities, local action for environmental sustainable development.
Information Digest No. 303: Sectoral integration in Croatia
. This digest covers agriculture, forestry, hunting, freshwater fisheries, marine fisheries, use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), water management, tourism, transport, energy, mining; general inter-sectoral integration, including education, research and monitoring, public information and participation, physical planning, nature impact assessment.
Information Digest No. 302: Sectoral integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina
. This digest briefs on summary of the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; institutional framework; implementation of efficiency objectives; international obligations.
Information Digest No. 301: Sectoral integration in Albania
. This digest briefs on integration of biodiversity conservation into relevant sectors; sectors in protection of environment and biodiversity.
Information Digest No. 409: Sectoral integration in Switzerland
. This digest contains information on spatial development, transport and mobility, tourism and leisure, energy, hydropower and renewables, soils, defence, environment related taxes, innovation, research and training for sustainable development, cooperation activities according to selected thematic issues of the cbd, such as agriculture, forests, inland waters, drylands, mountain ecosystems, trade, access and benefit-sharing; federal spending on global concerns; convention processes.
Information Digest No. 408: Sectoral integration in Netherlands
. This digest covers the extent to which biodiversity has been integrated into sectoral and cross-sectoral strategies and plans, such as agriculture, education, health, rural development, forestry, fishery, mining, tourism, finance, trade, industry; the process(es) by which biodiversity has been integrated into sectoral and cross-sectoral strategies and plans; adoption and employment of the ecosystem approach in mainstreaming biodiversity into sectoral and cross-sectoral strategies, plans and programmes; the extent to which biodiversity is included in environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments undertaken at various levels; outcomes achieved through implementation of these measures, in particular in terms of observed changes in the status and trends of important biodiversity components, and the extent to which these measures contribute to the implementation of NBSAPs; information on how biodiversity has been taken into account in programmes of overseas development assistance (ODA), scientific and technical cooperation and technology transfer.
Information Digest No. 407: Sectoral integration in Luxembourg
. This digest briefs on biodiversity and land use: sectoral plan “great landscape set and forests”; biodiversity and agriculture / forestry; biodiversity and the National Plan for Sustainable Development.
Information Digest No. 406: Sectoral integration in Liechtenstein
. This digest briefs on forest, agriculture, land use planning, tourism, biodiversity in the review of interventions (Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment), handling of genetically modified and alien species, research (basic research, applied research), education and public outreach (education at schools, public information, cooperation with private institutions and NGOs), international cooperation (relations with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the EU, regional and global environmental agreements, international humanitarian cooperation).
Information Digest No. 405: Sectoral integration in Germany
. This digest covers: individual policy areas, including agricultural policy, rural development policy, forestry policy, fisheries policy, settlement and traffic policy, nature-friendly expansion of renewable energy sources, tourism, sport and health; information about the extent to which biological diversity is integrated in the implementation of environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments at the various levels, such as strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment, Habitats Directive impact assessment, impact mitigation, political decisions; inclusion of biodiversity aspects in other convention processes; inclusion of biodiversity aspects in development policy.
Information Digest No. 404: Sectoral integration in France
. This digest includes: agriculture, land policy, forestry, fisheries, finance, tourism, mining industry, industry, commerce, education, public awareness and information, rural development program, climate change adaptation strategy, sustainable development strategy, environmental plan, infrastructure and transport, urbanization, international cooperation and research.
Information Digest No. 403: Sectoral integration in European Union
. This digest covers the Cardiff Process; EU Sustainable Development Strategy; the Sixth Environment Action Programme of the European Community 2002-2012; integration of biodiversity in agriculture, maritime and water policies, research policy, external policies; sectoral and cross sectoral integration of biodiversity under the current EU Biodiversity Action Plan.
Information Digest No. 402: Sectoral integration in Belgium
. This digest briefs on water management, agriculture, forestry, military areas, business, local authorities, private public partnership, land use planning, budgets, construction, economy, development cooperation, and science policy.
Information Digest No. 401: Sectoral integration in Austria
. This digest contains information on agriculture, forestry, spatial planning, tourism, hunting and industry/energy/traffic.
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