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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan – a people’s version

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Following Pakistan’s obligation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and given diverse agroecological realities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province as well as the enhanced responsibilities of the province towards biodiversity conservation the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province developed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. The KP-BSAP is closely linked to the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and contributes to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The KP-BSAP has been developed following an inclusive and participatory approach. The participation of, and consultation with, the relevant stakeholders at all levels, was the foremost priority for the provincial government in order to ensure the ownership and sustainability of the process and the product, i.e., KP-BSAP. The process engaged BKP Steering Committee, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Biodiversity Working Group, the Technical Expert Team, and the field level expertise through series of meetings and dedicated regional consultations. The diverse range of stakeholders included academia, biodiversity practitioners, civil society and private sector representatives, community representatives, and staff of the forest, wildlife, agriculture, livestock, and fisheries departments. This extensive process has not only helped in developing the KP-BSAP, but also in bringing biodiversity at the policy forefront and widening the fiscal space.

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