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Marine Protected Area

Shows how the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas applies in a marine environment, and enables protected area planners to increase marine protection, improve the marine protected area network, and reduce threats to the marine environment. This module forms part of the curriculum of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA Goal 4.3). It will take you approximately 2 hours to complete this course.

Norway is on track to achieve its national biodiversity targets to combat invasive alien species by 2020 | Key highlights from Norway’s Sixth National Report and post-2010 NBSAP

In its Sixth National Report (6NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and post-2010 National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), Norway identifies invasive alien species (IAS), as one of the major threats to biodiversity. Other threats include land conversion and land-use change, climate change and pollution. This best practice highlights the efforts undertaken by Norway, as described in its 6NR and the latest NBSAP, to address IAS in an era of globalization and climate change.


Combating Industrial Pollution in Thailand

Industrial pollution has a serious impact on human health, fragile ecosystems, water and soil quality in Thailand. Changes in production processes, that are environmentally friendly, will allow the industrial sector to exist in harmony with nature and community.


Raising Biodiversity’s Public Profile: The Belgian Success Story

Lack of public awareness on the importance of biodiversity makes it challenging to achieve the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and successfully implement National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs).


Samoa’s Access and Benefit Sharing Success Story: Local Communities Benefit from Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

Since 1989, the community of Falealupo, Government of Samoa and foreign parties have signed three Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) agreements for the purposes of Research & Development (R&D) and bio-prospecting. The agreements were put in place for the use of traditional knowledge from local healers and the local plant ‘mamala’ for HIV AIDS research.


Sustainable Resource Management in Brazil’s Caatinga Biome

From 2011 to 2017, the Brazilian government implemented seven projects in three areas of the Caatinga biome, in collaboration with the Brazilian bank Caixa Econômica Federal. The projects aimed to promote the sustainable management and use of timber for industrial and domestic purposes in the Caatinga, with the goal to reduce the high deforestation rate in the biome. 


China Introduces Positive Incentive Measures for Biodiversity-friendly Outcomes

This best practice highlights the positive incentive measures that the government of China has designed and is implementing to encourage the achievement of biodiversity-friendly outcomes. It also highlights the steps that the government is taking to eliminate perverse incentives and subsidies which are harmful to biodiversity.


To achieve its national biodiversity target on promoting positive incentives, while eliminating negative incentive measures for biodiversity conservation, China has:


Achieving China’s Sustainable Development Ambition: Compulsory Conservation Model of Mount Wu Yi Nature Reserve

According to China’s Fifth National Report (5NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), China is on track to achieve its national biodiversity targets, and its international commitments contributing towards the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target (ABT) 11, on protected area system expansion and management. By the end of 2017, China had 2750 nature reserves, covering areas of 1.417 million km sq. and accounting for 14.86 per cent of the country’s land.

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