Third Forum on Implementation of the Biodiversity Convention in TurkmenistanDec 29, 2015
Ashgabat, 25 December 2015: The Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held the third national biodiversity forum with participation of the national partners and stakeholders in order to draw conclusions of the GEF-funded “National Biodiversity Planning to Support the implementation of the CBD 2011-2020 Strategic Plan in Turkmenistan” (NBSAP) project.
Participants discussed obligations of Turkmenistan under the international convention on biodiversity signed by Turkmenistan in 1996, addressed processes of planning of the activities and the strategy on conservation of biodiversity, and gave an overview of the action plan developed with the help of the project.
“We are very proud about the result of this project and hope that the new draft Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan will be soon approved so that the Government could immediately start implementing the sector-specific measures meant to address biodiversity conservation challenges,” said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Vitalie Vremis.
Three expert groups also discussed ways of mainstream biodiversity conservation efforts in the production sectors of the economy, enhancing cooperation between environmental and other governmental agencies as well as the cooperation as part of environmental conventions to achieve sustainability targets. Participants of the forum stressed the importance of the need to finalize methods and mechanisms for implementation of the Convention’s strategy and the action plan for it. Special emphasis was given to financial mechanisms for strategy implementation. The participants expressed their continuous support for additional efforts in that direction.
As the result of the work of three working groups of the government specialists that operated with technical support of the project, the project developed and drafted integrated approach to biodiversity conservation in various sectors of the economy of Turkmenistan, which is now included into the national strategy on biodiversity conservation of Turkmenistan. The rapid assessment and economic valuation of country’s most important ecosystem services was also piloted in Turkmenistan by the group of government specialists trained by the project. Finally, the working group on information technologies developed the site in response to Convention’s obligations for so-called Clearing House Mechanism, an electronic tool to exchange the information on the status of biodiversity in the country.
Participants analyzed and drew results of the project and set the goals for further work after completion of the current stage. As a result of the forum, participants approved a joint declaration calling for the support in adoption and implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan of Turkmenistan.
The forum included a high-level segment, which was the fifth Board Meeting of deputy ministers from key sectors affected by the obligations under the biodiversity convention. The deputy ministers made final comments on the draft Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, discussed financing arrangements and agreed to pass the document for final approval to the Cabinet of Ministers.Contact information
Mr. Oleg Guchgeldiev
NBSAP Technical Adviser