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Conservation and the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

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Analysis and strategy statements on these thematic areas were elaborated in the first draft of the Annual Plan 2005-2006, as result of consultations of stakeholders in a series of workshops held in Thimphu, Bhutan, November 2005.

As required under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), all of the partner countries have prepared and adopted the Biodiversity National Strategies and Action Plans (BNSAP). The delegations also met during the Conference of the Parties (COP), adopted common position and presented a joint declaration in various conventions (CBD and Ramsar). The COP decision VI/26 aims to implement projects and activities in order to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010 as agreed at the WSSD.

The CBD discussions will further contribute to the elaboration and negotiation of the international regime on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing of biotechnology transfer. A major challenge is to ensure that global trade, agriculture, development assistance and environmental policies are mutually supportive.

› Benin, Bhutan, Costa Rica

Analysis and strategy statements on these thematic areas were elaborated in the first draft of the Annual Plan 2005-2006, as result of consultations of stakeholders in a series of workshops held in Thimphu, Bhutan, November 2005.

The three PSSC partner countries dispose of important natural resources that are rich in species diversity. Pressure on these resources is high and environmental degradation must be continuously resisted. Overexploitation, contamination and habitat destruction are among the threats that affect the natural resources of Bhutan, Benin and Costa Rica. Conflicting interests may enhance social confrontations and manoeuvre people into opposition instead of collaboration.

  • Costa Rica and Bhutan have cooperated in the establishment of legal structures and policies to promote the conservation of biodiversity.
  • Costa Rica has just started the design of an environmental services payment program specific to the area of biodiversity which could be replicated in Bhutan and Benin.
  • Costa Rica and Bhutan have already collaborated in the field of biodiversity legislation which has resulted in the Bhutan Biodiversity Act of 2003.

The three countries dispose of various examples of successful integration of the people’s participation in conservation, income generation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

› Immediate PSSC Objective 3

Contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica by means of developing patterns for win-win scenario’s for different ecosystems (conserving nature while combating poverty), based on concrete experiences; and by influencing national policies and legislation.

› Expected results

  • A series of successful pilot projects, orientated at knowledge generation for implementation of “win-win” scenarios in a variety of conditions and ecosystems: how poverty of vulnerable communities can be reduced involving grass-root organisations in conservation of natural capital.
  • Institutions and organisations that promote conservation of national patrimony of biodiversity are strengthened in the three partner countries.
  • New knowledge generated and used as input for improvement of national policies for conservation of biodiversity.