Why is implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity important?Mar 5, 2018
Sustainable development of Lao PDR is dependent not only on its economic growth but on the health and diversity of its many wonderful ecosystems and species.
Lao PDR is rich in fauna and flora and has outstanding biodiversity. There are an estimated 8-11,000 species of flowering plants, a reported 166 species of reptiles and amphibians, 700 species of birds, 90 known species of bats and over 100 species of large mammals. The protection of these resources is paramount to the future of the country.
“Lao PDR faces numbers of challenges in terms of sustainable management of biological diversity and resource use,” writes H.E. Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment in his preface to the Fifth National Report to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD). The convention was formed to pursue the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of nature resources and the impartial sharing of the by-products derived from the utilization of genetic resources.
Subsistence farming is the main source of income for most people in Lao PDR. They have relied on biodiversity resources for their basic needs for many generations, and as such, have a distinct interest to maintain these resources. The development of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) to guide sectoral development strategies development and implementation for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity was critical for Lao PDR. Lao PDR’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2025 serves as a flexible framework for the establishment of national targets. Linked to this, Lao PDR submitted its Fifth National Report to the CBD and the country is currently preparing its Sixth National Report which is due at the end of 2018.
Today the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and UNDP hosted an Inception Workshop to launch the stakeholder engagement and begin data collection for the Sixth National Report. Various government departments, development partners and International Non-Governmental Organizations met to discuss Lao PDR’s upcoming report to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In his opening remarks the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Balasubramaniam Murali noted that UNDP is supporting 64 countries – including Lao PDR in the world to prepare their 6th National Report. He highlighted – quoting the Convention - that conservation of biodiversity is not just an isolated ecological green approach but an indispensable pillar of sustainable development for future generations.
The Inception Workshop helped stakeholders to have a better understanding of the importance of the national obligations as a Party to the CBD and encouraged strong partnerships for inputs to completing the report on time. UNDP will partner the Government in enabling the Sixth National Report being gender responsive and data driven for assisting decision making in the future. The report will capture the country’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets and also inform the Global Biodiversity Outlook. The workshop also recognized World Wildlife Day which is celebrated globally on March 03 every year and this year noted the importance of healthy biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable development.For more information, please contact:
Dr. Inthavy Akkharath, Director General of Department of Water Resources (National Focal Point for CBD to Lao PDR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Prime Minister Office Compound, Nahaidiaw Road, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. Tel and Fax: +856-21-241 744; 21-218 737. P.O.Box: 7864. Mobile Number: +856-20-5686-2279. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, Head, Natural Resources Management and Climate Change, UNDP Lao PDR, UN House, Vientiane, Office: +856 21 267 710, Mobile: +856 (0) 20 5551 5876. E-mail: email@example.com