One of the key issues for the global
biodiversity conventions, such as the Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD), is to understand how the discussions held by
Conferences of the Parties (CoP) are really being implemented. This
is one of the functions of reports to conventions, which for CBD
are due every four years.
JNCC was recently invited to contribute to a
regional workshop to help 22 least-developed countries in Africa to
understand the structure and contents of the next report, and to
help them with drafting work. James Williams, from the Biodiversity
Information Service, who has been involved in the last three UK
reports to CBD, acted as a resource person at the workshop, held in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 4–8 May 2009.
The report format has four chapters. The first
three focus respectively on: the state of biodiversity, state of
national biodiversity strategy and action plan; and mainstreaming
biodiversity into other sectors. The fourth chapter is intended to
synthesise this information to assess progress towards the 2010
target and towards achieving the strategic plan of the Convention.
These reports will be used as input to the next edition of Global
Biodiversity Outlook, which will be considered by CBD CoP10 in
Nagoya, Japan in October 2010.
JNCC’s contribution to the workshop came as a
result of our involvement in helping to prepare a draft chapter IV
of the 4th CBD National Report on behalf of UK as a
contribution to a sample report presented in CoP9 in May 2008 in
Bonn. The UK’s experience of creating biodiversity indicators is
world class, and the sample chapter showed how these indicators
would be used to show progress towards the 2010 target of
“significantly reducing the current rate of biodiversity
In parallel with this work JNCC has helped
complete the UK’s own report http://www.cbd.int/doc/world/gb/gb-nr-04-en.pdf,
and an update of the UK biodiversity indicators www.jncc.gov.uk/biyp.
Indicators & Reporting Manager,
Biodiversity Information Service
Tel: +44 (0) 1733 866868