CBD Activities in Africa Promote National Action on Biodiversity

8 April 2011: Organized in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the regional workshop for Southern Africa on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) was held from 14-20 March 2011, in Kasane, Botswana.

The workshop was combined with a briefing for the Parliament of Botswana hosted by the CBD Secretariat, on 22 March 2011. In addition, a CBD Secretariat team visited Rwanda from 23-24 March 2011, to assist in the revision of the country's NBSAP. The workshop incorporated work on valuation and incentive measures, and was the first capacity-building workshop on NBSAPs organized under the Japan Biodiversity Fund established to support implementation of the outcomes of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10).

The workshop gathered participants from the 15 countries of the Southern African Development Community, and focused on setting national and regional targets in the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020. The Parliament briefing highlighted the role parliamentarians should play in national and global biodiversity management.

The visit to Rwanda also was organized under the Japan Biodiversity Fund. The workshop discussed setting national and regional targets in the framework of the CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020, including integrating biodiversity into relevant national and local planning processes. It also assisted officials of Rwanda with initiating the process for revising the country's NBSAP. [CBD Communiqué on Kasane Workshop] [CBD Communiqué on Botswana's parliamentarians] [CBD Communiqué on Rwanda visit]