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The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan is a cross-sectoral strategic document of Zimbabwe for the period 2015-2020. Its main objective is to utilize traditional knowledge, research, technology, innovations and best practices to protect the environment, conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems to benefit present and future generations.
To this end, the following more specific objectives are included in the document: address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society; reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use; improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity; and enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services and enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building.
In the area of climate change, the document aims to investigate and monitor effects of climate change on priority biodiversity and ecosystems services (conduct vulnerability assessments); and incorporate value of ecosystems to climate change adaptation in environmental planning.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate is the lead and coordinating agency for the implementation of the NBSAP-2. The ministry will, however, depend on various stakeholders for the actual implementation. Strategic guidance will be provided by an inter-ministerial committee and the Biodiversity Forum as the national steering committee. The Biodiversity Office will take the lead in coordinating and monitoring progress. Further, Zimbabwe developed a monitoring framework as part of the NBSAP-2. Stakeholders agreed on 18 national targets aligned to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Indicators, baselines, milestones and responsible stakeholders were identified for later monitoring and evaluation.
National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP-2).
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