The Stakeholder consultation workshop for the revision of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) for the south-central region is underway at Gelephu. The two day workshop which began on 28th January, 2014 is second in the series of stakeholder consultation workshops planned for the revision of NBSAP. The workshop is organized by the National Biodiversity Centre and facilitated by members of the core working group for the revision of the NBSAP.
About 30 participants representing livestock, agriculture and forestry sectors from the South-Central Dzongkhags of Sarpang, Samtse, Tsirang, Dagana, Zhemgang, Trongsa including officials from the Divisional Forest Office of Tsirang, Sarpang, Samtse, Royal Manas National Park, Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park and Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary are participating in the workshop.
The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action plan (NBSAP), commonly known as Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) in Bhutan is a strategic document which provides a framework of action to enhance and ensure the productivity, diversity and integrity of biodiversity and natural systems. It is also one of the instruments to implement the objectives of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to which Bhutan became a party in 1995.
The first Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP I) was formulated in 1998 and since then, in order to address the changing needs and priorities, as well as to monitor the progress made, the BAP was revised twice, in 2002 (BAP II) and 2009 (BAP III).
The current revision of NBSAP/BAP is undertaken to address the gaps in conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of biodiversity, bearing in mind the emerging needs and challenges that the country faces. It is also in line with the global effort to achieve the Global Biodiversity Targets 2020, which were adopted in 2010 by the 10th Conference of the Parties, after the world at large failed to meet the Targets of 2010.
In order to ensure ownership of the guiding document by all relevant biodiversity stakeholders in the country, and more importantly to gather and incorporate ground issues and challenges into the national document, a series of stakeholder consultation on the revision of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) will be undertaken throughout the country so that the NBSAP becomes practical, realistic and implementable by all concerned agencies.