Japan Biodiversity Fund

About the Japan Biodiversity Fund

Establishment of the Fund

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and the Aichi Targets, adopted at COP10, was an ambitious plan aiming to inspire broad-based action for biodiversity by all countries and stakeholders. Its adoption was a significant marker in the history of the Convention.

In recognition of the scale of the challenge facing Parties to fully implement the Strategic Plan, Japan as the Presidency of COP10, announced the establishment of the Japan Biodiversity Fund (JBF) to support the implementation of the Nagoya Biodiversity Outcomes, including raising awareness of the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing.

Major Accomplishments

Since the establishment of the JBF in 2010, the Government of Japan has contributed approximately sixty million USD (5 billion Japanese Yen) in total. The JBF has facilitated, funded, and supported a wide array of activities implemented by the Secretariat to the Convention and by external partners. These include:

Technical support for NBSAP development, revision, and implementation by developing countries by means of:
  • Conducting regional and sub-regional capacity building workshops across the globe;
  • Developing on-the-ground pilot projects to implement prioritized elements of revised NBSAPs and develop capacities at the national level; and
  • Introducing the Voluntary Peer Review process to improve the individual and collective capacities of Parties to encourage more effective implementation of NBSAPs.

Capacity building through the implementation of the Secretariat’s thematic portfolio projects for themes such as Marine, Youth, Protected Areas, Traditional Knowledge, Nagoya Protocol and more.

Collaboration with external partners on capacity building projects such as:
  • The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) with UNDP;
  • Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) (Relief kit Phase 1 and Phase 2) with IUCN;
  • National Ecosystem Assessments (NEA) in the Asia-Pacific region with UNEP-WCMC; and
  • Implementation of the IPBES Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment with IGES.

Initiatives related to the UN Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB).