How can biodiversity strategy and action plans incorporate genetic diversity concerns, plans, policies, capacity, and commitments?

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Sean Hoban, Christina Hvilsom, Aissi Abdeldjalil , Alexandre Aleixo, Katarzyna Biala, Robert Ekblom, Ancuta Fedorca, W. Chris Funk, Alejandra Goncalves, Andrew Gonzalez, Myriam Heuertz, Alice Hughes, Fumiko Ishihama, Belma Kalamujić Stroil, Linda Laikre, Katie Millette, David O’Brien, Ivan Paz-Vinas, Victor Julio Rincon-Parra, Marine Robuchon, Jon Paul Rodriguez, Maria Alejandra Rodriguez-Morales, Gernot Segelbacher, Tiffany AR Straza, Ruliyana Susanti, Ntakazeni Tshidada, Sibelle Torres Vilaça, Jessica da Silva

Abstract

Globally, national, subnational, and supranational entities are creating Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans, to develop concrete commitments and actions to curb biodiversity loss, meet international obligations and achieve a society in harmony with nature. In light of policy makers' increasing recognition of genetic diversity in helping species and ecosystems adapt and be resilient during environmental change, this article provides an overview of how BSAPs can better incorporate conservation of genetic diversity within species. We focus on three areas: setting targets; committing to actions, policies and programmes; and monitoring and reporting. Examples of policies, knowledge, projects, capacity building, and other endeavors are drawn from 20 recent BSAPs from around the world. We aim to enable and inspire specific and ambitious commitments in BSAPs, so guidance and suggestions are summarized and are portrayed on “the policy cycle.” With this, scientists and policy makers can translate high level commitments like the CBD into concrete nationally-relevant targets, actions and policies, and monitoring and reporting mechanisms.National, subnational, and supranational entities are creating Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (BSAPs), to develop concrete commitments and actions to curb biodiversity loss, meet international obligations, and achieve a society in harmony with nature. In light of policymakers; increasing recognition of genetic diversity in species and ecosystem adaptation and resilience, this article provides an overview of how BSAPs can incorporate species’ genetic diversity. We focus on three areas: Setting targets; Committing to actions, policies and programmes; and Monitoring and reporting. Drawing from 21 recent BSAPs, we provide examples of policies, knowledge, projects, capacity building, and more. We aim to enable and inspire specific and ambitious BSAPs and have put forward ten key suggestions mapped to “the policy cycle.” Together, scientists and policy makers can translate high level commitments like the CBD into concrete nationally relevant targets, actions and policies, and monitoring and reporting mechanisms.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/X2PG79

Subjects

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Life Sciences

Keywords

conservation genetics, Convention on Biological Diversity, monitoring, policy, Indicators, Global Biodiversity Framework

Dates

Published: 2024-04-13 06:14

Last Updated: 2024-05-16 01:21

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CC-BY Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

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English

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