Laws have the ability to catalyze prompt, focused and coordinated action to mainstream biodiversity values across sectors and society. Given pressures on terrestrial and marine environments, countries are encouraged to develop legal frameworks that effectively facilitate the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). NBSAPs are the key conduit for implementing the CBD's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and are a central policy-making tool for national biodiversity management.
Article Six of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requires Parties to develop national strategies, plans or programs which should reflect the measures set out in the Convention. Parties have developed NBASPS, which translate the measures set out by the CBD, and other biodiversity-related Conventions, into a set of prioritized, country-specific national actions. NBSAPs may also set out legislative actions at the national level. During this webinar, Dr. Pisupati and Mr. Mobegi provided options to improve the legal effectiveness of NBSAPs and enhance your understanding of the associated legal elements. They also outlined the level of legal preparedness countries need to undertake to be able to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
This presentation was made by Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, from TransDisciplinary University, and Mr. Tomkeen Mobegi, UN Environment.