BSAP and the Convention on Biological Diversity

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    Though Hong Kong is not a country, it became a party to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in 2011, and the government is now developing a biodiversity plan [with ugly acronym of BSAP] under obligations to the convention.

    The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives:

    1. The conservation of biological diversity
    2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
    3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources

    Convention on Biodiversity

    National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are the principal instruments for implementing the Convention at the national level (Article 6). The Convention requires countries to prepare a national biodiversity strategy (or equivalent instrument) and to ensure that this strategy is mainstreamed into the planning and activities of all those sectors whose activities can have an impact (positive and negative) on biodiversity.

    National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

    As yet, the government has provided relatively little information on the plan, even after a year of work on developing it; but there are promises that "everyone" in Hong Kong can become involved in developing the plan.

    Civic Exchange has done/organised considerable work related to the plan, including suggesting what will be included. Work is ongoing, together with several members of the conservation community here – including Hong Kong Outdoors [which essentially means founder Dr Martin Williams, tho others welcome to join in].

    You can find a detailed report from Civic Exchange here: Developing a Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong

    UPDATE (18 April 2013): the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Dept has emailed, about website on BSAP. This is more of a site within a site, and seems focus is on govt info and activities, and at present you should look for links on the left of the page:

    Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan


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