Statements and workshop reports

Article, 09 July 2013

Statements and reports from the Mainstreaming biodiversity and development project workshops between 2012 and 2017.

Mainstreaming biodiversity and development and the SDGs
This workshop report summarises key issues emerging from a side event organised by the project at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, December 2016 (CBD CoP 13).

The workshop aimed to take stock of existing biodiversity mainstreaming initiatives and share case studies of how governments are linking their NBSAP with sectoral priorities, development planning and Sustainable Development Goal implementation processes.

The Accra Statement on mainstreaming biodiversity in practice
This statement asserts that it is the time to mainstream biodiversity in practice – going beyond policy, plans and other statements of intention. Mainstreaming is not finished until biodiversity is at the heart of development in all districts and sectors. 

The statement comes from the African Leadership Group of the Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development Policy and Planning initiative, and follows an international workshop held in Ghana in November 2016. on 'Success in mainstreaming – sharing lessons, co-developing guidance and scaling up'.

Mainstreaming biodiversity into development policy and planning – second international workshop
The second international workshop for the Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Development Policy and Planning Initiative (2015-17) was held in Ghana in November 2016. 

The main objectives of the workshop included finalising ideas for the biodiversity mainstreaming event planned for the meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity held in December 2016; reviewing mainstreaming capacity tools; outlining post-project priorities and communicating key messages from the workshop in the form of a joint Accra Statement.

The presentations from the workshop are all available on IIED's SlideShare site and can be downloaded using the links below:

In late 2015 and throughout 2016 the countries participating in the Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Development Policy and Planning Initiative (2015-17) held meetings to identify the key targets for mainstreaming in their respective countries.

In Uganda, a workshop identified the second National Development Plan as a target policy. In Zambia, the priority is the country's seventh National Development Plan (see above), while in Ghana the focus in on agriculture, fisheries and forestry in the National Development Agenda. 

In Malawi, the report identifies the revision of the country's Growth and Development Strategy, revision of the National Land Policy and the revision of the Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines. In the Seychelles, the workshop focused on the Blue Economy Road Map and the Tourism Strategic Action Plan, while in Zimbabwe, the report identifies the Sustainable Development Goals as an opportunity. The Botswana report is currently in draft form but outlines discussions around entry points for influencing development planning at the district level.

report from Namibia looks at progress made by the country's working group implementing the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), and highlights the need for an integrated Communication Education and Public Awareness Strategy on environmental issues.

The Harare Statement on using NBSAPs as a tool for mainstreaming biodiversity 
The Harare Statement on using an NBSAP as a tool for mainstreaming biodiversity into national and sectoral development policies was drawn up by the participants at the Harare workshop in November 2015. The statement presents lessons and priorities for biodiversity mainstreaming in an era of Sustainable Development Goals and a move towards the green economy.

First international workshop report from the Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Development Policy and Planning Initiative
The first international workshop for the Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Development Policy and Planning Initiative (2015-17) took place in Harare, Zimbabwe from 17-19 November 2915. The main objectives of the workshop included providing support to countries to formulate national NBSAP mainstreaming implementation plans, sharing tips and tactics on using the NBSAP as a tool for mainstreaming, and identifying capacity and guidance/tools required to support countries in mainstreaming biodiversity into development priorities

The Windhoek Statement on achieving success in biodiversity mainstreaming
The Windhoek Statement outlines the key outcomes of successful biodiversity mainstreaming from a social, economic/finance and environmental perspective. To accelerate progress towards these outcomes it makes six recommendations for action. The statement has come out of the third regional NBSAPs 2.0 project workshop in 2014.

Defining and assessing success in mainstreaming
This report reviews the mainstreaming targets and indicators of selected NBSAPs from countries at different stages of their mainstreaming process, and the approaches to assessing the success of mainstreaming biodiversity and other issues into development. It was a background paper at the third international workshop for the NBSAPs 2.0 project in July 2014.

Third international workshop report for the NBSAPs 2.0 Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development project
The third workshop for the NBSAPs 2.0 project took place at the Midgard Estate near Windhoek, Namibia from 23-25 July 2014. More than 30 participants shared what progress they had made on revising their NBSAP and discussed what successful implementation of the plan would look like.

The Entebbe statement on biodiversity in development planning
The Entebbe Statement says that biodiversity mainstreaming should be informed as much by development needs, potentials and conditions as by those of biodiversity conservation. Participants at the second regional workshop for the NBSAPs 2.0 project in 2013 put the statement together.

The Maun statement on biodiversity and development mainstreaming
The Maun Statement identifies ten key steps to integrating biodiversity concerns into defined sectors and development goals, through a variety of approaches and mechanisms, in order to achieve sustainable biodiversity and development outcomes. The statement came out of the first regional NBSAPs 2.0 project workshop in 2012.

Second Regional Workshop for the NBSAPs 2.0 Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development Project
The second workshop for the NBSAPs 2.0 Project was held in Entebbe, Uganda from 8-12 July 2013. It was run as run as a joint initiative with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Biodiversity Finance (BioFin) project.

Side event at the CBD Global Workshop on NBSAPs Revision Process, 12 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya
What has been learnt so far in the course of revising national biodiversity strategies and actions plans (NBSAPs)? Representatives from Botswana, the Seychelles and Namibia – all project members from the NBSAPs 2.0 project – presented their key lessons at a side event to the CBD global workshop in Nairobi on 12 November 2013.

First NBSAPs 2.0 Project Workshop
The first workshop for the Darwin Initiative-funded project NBSAPs 2.0: Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development jointly implemented by IIED and UNEP-WCMC was held over three days in Maun, Botswana from 14-16 November 2012.

Mainstreaming biodiversity, poverty reduction and development
The mainstreaming biodiversity, poverty reduction and development side event was held at CBD CoP 11 on 9 October, 2012 in Hyderabad.