National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) Project

This project works to help Jamaica integrate its obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity into national planning processes.

There are three components to the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) project:

  1. A stocktaking on biodiversity planning
  2. Revision of the NBSAP to integrate new aspects of the Convention on Biological Diversity strategic plan
  3. Strengthening of national frameworks for resource mobilization and Convention reporting and exchange mechanisms

This project is being implemented through the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). The NBSAP not only assists Jamaica to meet its global obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity, but also works to protect the country’s rich biodiversity, that is the extensive variety of plants, animals and other living things found in the island. Jamaica is said to be the most biodiverse island in the Caribbean region, with more than 8,000 recorded species of plants and animals and 3,500 marine species.

Achievements So Far

  • Updating of national invasive alien species database within the CHM is partially completed
  • Communication strategy for the NBSAP was drafted
  • The assessment and identification of needs for preparation of the 5th National Report is ongoing.
  • NEPA is incorporating the biodiversity targets into the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Medium Term Framework (2015-2019) National Development Planning process which is now taking place

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