Talking about mainstreaming biodiversity

The 'Mainstreaming biodiversity and development' project followed eight African countries as they worked to integrate biodiversity into their mainstream development plans. In this series of videos project members discuss their strategies, findings and outcomes.

Article, 01 May 2014

All parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are required to submit National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs), and it is recommended that revised NBSAPS should be used as instruments for mainstreaming biodiversity into key development policies, plans and processes. 

The 'Mainstreaming biodiversity and development' project supported African countries to incorporate development concerns into their NBSAPS and to build engagement across government. The project, which ran from 2012-17, focused on Botswana, Uganda, Namibia, the Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ghana and Zambia. 

The project established an African Leadership Group on Biodiversity and Development Mainstreaming, and we recorded videos with project members to discover their views on what successful biodiversity mainstreaming looks like. Watch them below or on IIED's YouTube channel.