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E-Forum on the Post 2010 Strategic Plan of the CBD: An Invitation to Contribute to the Updating and Revision of the Strategic Plan of the Convention

Question 16.2
Is there a need to add new goals and objectives? If yes, list them and explain whenever possible. In particular is there a need to add strategic goals and objectives that will ensure closer links with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in light of the fact that the 2010 biodiversity target was endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the United Nations General Assembly, and incorporated as a new target under the MDGs?
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Arguably one reason why the CBD has struggled to achieve its targets is that conservation has not been sufficiently mainstreamed across other sectors (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, transport, energy, health, poverty reduction etc.). The CBD strategic plan presently has four goals, three of which include an objective that relates to mainstreaming – at global/regional level (1.5), national level (3.4), and within the private sector and other stakeholders (e.g. NGOs) (4.4).

The SGLCP propose a new goal, focussed on mainstreaming, and including the objective of striving to contribute to poverty reduction, which pulls together these existing objectives. By making biodiversity conservation and development mainstreaming a goal, this would help to raise the profile of biodiversity mainstreaming and the priority which it is given. The new Goal and Objectives would read as follows:

Goal 5: Biodiversity conservation is effectively mainstreamed into policy and practice and across all sectors at local, national, regional and international level.

5.1 Biodiversity concerns are being integrated into relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies at the national, regional and global levels.

5.2 Key actors and stakeholders, including the private sector, are engaged in partnership to implement the Convention and are integrating biodiversity concerns into their relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies.

5.3 Where conservation activities affect people at the local level, those activities strive to contribute to poverty reduction and, at the very minimum, do not harm the livelihoods of the poor.

The submission was made on behalf of SGLCP (Steering Group on Linking Conservation and Poverty), endorsed by the following individuals who are members of the group: Barney Dickson, David Thomas, Dilys Roe, Mochamad Indrawan, Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Phil Franks, Robin Sharp, Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst.

submitted by Anonymous
1. Yes, ensuring closer links with the MDGs would be good. This could either be done by either:
a. developing a new headline goal, focusing on developing or strengthening synergies between biodiversity, sustainable development and human rights, or
b. by adding a new goal under Goal 3, preferably after Goal 3.3, along these lines:
National biodiversity strategy and action plans are developed and implemented in close synergy with national sustainable development plans and other MDG-related strategies and plans (such as poverty alleviation strategies, gender equality, human rights etc.).

2. Despite the repeated calls by the secretariat and COP decisions for Parties to develop, implement and monitor national biodiversity strategy and action plans (NBSAPs) with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities and other relevant stakeholders, and despite the existence of Goal 4.3 (Indigenous and local communities are effectively involved in implementation and in the processes of the Convention, at national, regional and international levels), the vast majority of Parties have not involved, and are not involving, indigenous and local communities and civil society organisations in the development and implementation of NBSAPs and in the compilation of the national reports. It is therefore needed to spell this out in one of the objectives. We would suggest to add objective 3.5 under Goal 3, reading as follows:
3.5 National biodiversity strategy and action plans and national reports (to the CBD) are carried out with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities and other relevant stakeholders.

Maurizio and Caroline, Forest Peoples Programme

submitted by Maurizio Ferrari
Yes, closer links to MDG and also other relevant processes.
submitted by Anonymous

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