Georgia revises its Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
After the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan (2010), Georgia committed itself to revise its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) according to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020, approved at the Conference, and to adopt it as a policy instrument by 2015.
The revision process was started in May 2011 by the Biodiversity Protection Service under the Ministry of Environment Protection, an IUCN Member, which is responsible for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
To ensure that the revised NBSAP is mainstreamed into the planning of all sectors affecting biodiversity, qualified Georgian organizations were designated to elaborate the 11 thematic components of the future document. The elaboration of the thematic components is a consultative process, in which various stakeholders are involved.
As a first step in the process, a basic situation analysis was carried out within the individual components. Based on these results, the elaboration of the Biodiversity Strategy and the detailed Action Plan was launched in July 2012. Within this strategy process, priorities for the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity are set for the upcoming five years.
The NBSAP revision process is supported by the German International Cooperation (GIZ, CIM) financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Georgian NBSAP is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2013.