Stakeholders and practitioners validate the national biodiversity strategy and planDec 22, 2015
Sana’a, 22 December 2015 - In partnership with UNDP and Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) developed the second National Biodiversity and Action Plan (NBSAP2) committed under the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). The strategy and its action plan focuses on achieving a resilient, productive and sustainable socio-ecosystem by 2050. It sets policy options and action programs for controlling biodiversity loss, maintaining productive ecosystems and services, establishing coherent and resilient ecological networks, sustainable and equitable use of natural capitals as well as strengthening enabling management capacities. Cross-cutting measures include benefit sharing, resilience building, gender mainstreaming and introduction of green economy and technology. A resources mobilization strategy has also been developed to support the implementing partners in the mobilization of financial resources to implement the priority action programs of the strategy.
The strategy and its action plan have been developed through inclusive processes involving key stakeholders and practitioners in order to ensure alignment with the national priorities, and the Aichi biodiversity targets, in addition to being reviewed by an international panel of experts. Measures has been incorporated to ensure attainment of wider-range of benefit beyond conservation including building resilience for natural and manmade disaster risk, climate change impacts and benefit sharing while also ensuring mainstreaming of gender and vulnerable groups besides introduction of green technologies especially in productive and energy sectors.
Dr. Mohamed El-Mashjary, the EPA Chairman stated that the theme of this validation workshop "all together for reaching consensus to build resilient, productive and sustainable socio-ecosystem by 2050”. He added that over 200 individuals representing key national and local authorities, media, civil society, universities scientific research centers, woman and youth groups, local communities and the private sectors were consulted on the formulation process of the strategy. He also elaborated "the strategy is closely aligned to the Aichi targets and the biodiversity convention Strategic Plan 2010-20 especially on mainstreaming poverty, building ecosystem resilience against climate change, promotion of good governance in biodiversity management, creation of sustainable financing schemes for biodiversity conservation, and public awareness and communication".
or Ali Abdul Bari, National Project Manager