Setting national biodiversity targets in Central and Eastern Europe

20 December 2011 | News story

A regional workshop on updating national Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) for Central and Eastern European countries has been held between 5-8 December in Minsk, Belarus. The workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) with financial support from the Government of Japan in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, brought together representatives of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, with participation of international organizations and NGOs such as CMS, UNDP, IUCN, and WWF.

The purpose of the workshop was to assist Parties in updating, revising and implementing their national biodiversity strategy and action plans, as well as to facilitate national implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and the development of national biodiversity targets in the framework of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, agreed at COP10 in Nagoya, Japan. “CBD Parties have set themselves an ambitious but achievable task to reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2020 – revised national biodiversity strategy and action plans will be an essential implementation tool to allow countries to contribute to the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity” says David Duthie, Senior Programme Officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Setting up national biodiversity targets in light of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 is a complex process that requires involvement of many stakeholders, not only conservationists but other sectors alike, providing Parties with a good opportunity to look into various biodiversity-related conventions in trying to find synergies between them.

“Higher priority should be given to synergies and collaboration both at the national and international level between all biodiversity MEAs in order to improve a process of setting up of national targets and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans. Development of national legislation compliant to CBD and other biodiversity-related conventions should be encouraged” says Dusan Ognjanovic, Advisor at the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia.

The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty to sustain the rich diversity of life on Earth. It was inspired by the world community's growing commitment to sustainable development. It represents a dramatic step forward in the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

For more information please contact Boris Erg, Director of IUCN's Programme office for South-Eastern Europe.