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National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2016 - 2025.

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Lao s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) is the country s response to its commitment under the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). The NBSAP is the second of its kind and provides broad recommendations to contribute to global, and achieve national, biodiversity targets leading up to 2025. The NBSAP is a multi-sectoral strategy and plan with national coverage to be implemented in 2016-2025. The goal of the NBSAP is to enhance the role of biodiversity as a national heritage and as a substantial contributor to poverty alleviation, as well as sustainable and resilient economic growth. The NBSAP is also aligned with the following global goals for biodiversity: institutionalize innovative multi stakeholder efforts to arrest the degradation and enhance conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity resources therein; provide clear and enforceable guidance for the sustainable use of biodiversity resources to support poverty alleviation and sustainable economic growth; and establish practical mechanisms for ensuring fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of biodiversity resources. The NBSAP will seek to include biodiversity resources as source of food for nutrition and primary health programs.
The NBSAP will seek to protect the country s diverse and economically important ecosystems including the species and genetic diversity (including forest, wetlands, fisheries, agricultural and urban ecosystems, and protected areas); to integrate the value of biodiversity to socio-economic decision making to ensure sustainable use and funding; strengthen the knowledge base for strategic decision making; inspire and enable actions through better communication, education and public awareness; and enable effective preparation and implementation of plans and programs.
The NBSAP will promote sustainable commercial forest harvesting and processing operations which would increase rural employment generation. It will also review rural employment generation experience of natural resource management based enterprises and adoption of enhancement measures.
The NBSAP will provide agricultural support services (technical assistance, seeds, crop protection, credit, market support, animal husbandry, fisheries, etc.) to pioneering farming communities that apply sustainable production measures.
The NBSAP will seek a biodiversity response to climate change and the need to adapt ecosystem to climate change. Under the NBSAP, biodiversity, and particularly ecosystems, will be used as an approach to adaptation and disaster risk management; and climate change will be mainstreamed into the NBSAP.
The NBSAP has identified 32 targets to achieve its goals, objectives, and strategies. Each target is supported by time bound actions, and there are 69 proposed actions assigned to various implementing agencies.
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2016 2025
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Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
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