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Action Plan

The Biodiversity Action Plan for Economic and Development Cooperation provides a blueprint for mainstreaming biodiversity objectives into Community development strategies and policy dialogue. It takes account of guiding principles and guidelines adopted under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and identifies seven Strategy Objectives:

  1. To mainstream biodiversity objectives into Community development and economic co-operation strategies and policy dialogue with developing countries and economies in transition. Biodiversity objectives should be integrated into development projects across different sectors of the economy of the recipient countries, ensuring greater coherence between Community development co-operation policy and other Community policies, such as trade, agriculture and fisheries.

  2. To support sustainable use of natural resources, particularly in relation to forests, grasslands and marine/coastal ecosystems

  3. To strengthen the capacity of relevant agencies involved in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

  4. To further integrate EIA practices in development co-operation

  5. To co-ordinate the implementation of this strategy and the action plans emerging from it, with third country strategies, ensuring coherence between Community support to third countries and the objectives of those countries' own biodiversity strategies.

  6. To ensure complementarity and co-ordination of policies and approaches in Community and Member States aid programmes, as well as with other donors and international institutions, particularly the Global Environment Facility (GEF), for coherent implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

  7. To provide sufficient funds for biodiversity on bilateral aid programmes as well as for international mechanisms (e.g. CBD). Ensuring greater coherence between development policy and other Community policies;

In 2003 and 2004, a review was carried out of Biodiversity Action Plan for Economic and Development Cooperation, including an independent audit and preparatory documents for the stakeholders conference in Malahide in May 2004.

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