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National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

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Action Plans for Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA)

National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are the principal instruments for implementing the Convention at the national level (Article 6). The Convention requires countries to prepare a national biodiversity strategy (or equivalent instrument) and to ensure that this strategy is mainstreamed into the planning and activities of all those sectors whose activities can have an impact (positive and negative) on biodiversity.

To date, a total of 185 of 196 (94%) Parties have developed NBSAPs in line with Article 6. It should be noted that Andorra and the State of Palestine became Parties to the Convention only recently (on 5 May 2015 and 2 April 2015, respectively). More »

Aichi Biodiversity Target 17

By 2015, each Party has developed, adopted as a policy instrument, and has commenced implementing an effective, participatory and updated national biodiversity strategy and action plan.

  • Since COP-10, 102 Parties have submitted NBSAPs: 88 Parties submitted revised versions (among these, 2 Parties completed their revisions prior to COP-10 however with consideration given to the draft Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and are therefore included in this number); 11 Parties submitted their first NBSAPs; 2 Parties submitted both their first NBSAP and a revised version; and 1 Party submitted an Action Plan to 2020 for enhancing implementation of its Strategy adopted before COP-10.

These NBSAPs reflect varying degrees of compliance with the Nagoya outcomes.

  • Parties whose post-2010 NBSAP takes the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020) into account: 94

  • Parties whose post-2010 NBSAP does not take the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020) into account: 8

  • Parties who have not yet submitted a post-2010 NBSAP: 83

  • Parties that have not yet submitted an NBSAP: 11

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