As the main instrument for implementing the Convention, NBSAPs are referenced in several COP decisions, pertaining to thematic areas, cross-cutting issues and stakeholder processes, indicating those areas that Parties have suggested should be included in NBSAPs. The main COP decisions that provide direct guidance for NBSAPs are decision IX/8 and decision X/2.
Parties are encouraged to review these decisions for consolidated guidance on the NBSAP process, substance, components, support systems, and monitoring and review systems.
The table below provides a quick reference to relevant COP-10 and COP-11 decisions, with links to the respective CBD webpages of the areas in question. A consolidation of the parts of the decisions cited below is available here