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Focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

The Sixth National Reports (6NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) project, funded by the GEF and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), provides support to 137 Parties to the CBD in preparing a high quality, data driven, gender responsive 6NR. These 6NRs provide a final review of the progress each Party is making to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Among these 137 countries, 36 are Small Island Developing States (SIDS), who are facing specific challenges to protect nature and monitor biodiversity.

The SIDS have some of the most diverse and unique ecosystems in the world, and are home to a host of rare endemic species, therefore we must ensure their conservation and protection. Biodiversity is an important contributor to the livelihood of many SIDS, as industries like tourism and fisheries can constitute over half of the GDP of small island countries. Many of the threats to biodiversity – unsustainable fishing and agriculture practices, pollution, poaching, and habitat destruction – are addressed in national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), but remain important challenges due to a lack of adequate capacities and data to efficiently implement and monitor national conservation action. Additional difficulties arise in the coordination of stakeholders and the sharing and use of up-to-date spatial and non-spatial data on biodiversity.

Main Resources:

Presentations from the webinars “Informing the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Overcoming Obstacles to Develop Biodiversity Baseline Data in Small Island Developing States”: (will be posted after the webinar sessions)


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