New biodiversity planning project launched in Ashgabat
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkmenistan have launched a new joint project to support the development of a National Strategic Plan on Biodiversity. Implementation of the project officially started at a two-day inception workshop bringing together more than 30 participants representing 12 ministries, governmental and international organizations.
The project will support work on integration of Turkmenistan’s obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) into its national development and sectoral planning. This integration will be done through a renewed and participative biodiversity planning process. More specifically, the project will support a comprehensive consultative process of relevant national partners to develop medium-term national biodiversity targets, integrating new aspects of the CBD into the National Strategic Plan and establishing new national framework for resource mobilization, monitoring, reporting and other aspects for CBD implementation.
At the inception workshop, the key national stakeholders were introduced to the concept of mainstreaming of biodiversity. They also discussed the economics of biodiversity and reviewed the relationship between the biodiversity and ecosystem and sectors of the national economy.
It was stressed at the workshop that CBD aims at promoting the conservation efforts through mainstreaming of conservation issues into development planning. Under CBD, participating countries introduced many new concepts and approaches to recognize the value of biodiversity and promote its conservation with various economic tools. CBD adopted a set of targets that require the signatory states to mainstream biodiversity into key sectors of the economy, recognize the value and promote the use of economic instruments into decision-making.
The project period is 2013-2015. It is financed by the Global Environment Facility and UNDP. The project will be implemented by relevant ministries under the general coordination by the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan.
Mr. Oleg Guchgeldiyev