|Overview : |
As Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including the Commonwealth of Dominica, are required under Article 6 to develop national strategies, plans or programmes to fulfil the objectives and measures of the Convention. In response to the guidance of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, enabling activities of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in biodiversity have focused on assisting countries to prepare their national biodiversity strategies and action plans and/or their first national reports to the CBD.
The National Report to the CBD represents a country’s assessment of the progress of implementation of the Convention and the effectiveness of these measures. In accordance with Article 26 of the CBD and decision X/10 of the COP, Parties are asked to submit national reports. National reports are tools which allow the Convention to monitor its implementation in the various country Parties. Dominica has submitted its 5th National Report.
In decision XIII/27, the COP decided that the sixth National Reports (6NR) should focus on providing a final review of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including relevant national targets, based on information concerning the implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and other actions to implement the Convention. Parties should provide updates since the last national report was submitted. This includes recent changes to the status trends of biodiversity and to the pressures on it.
In the 6NR, Parties are requested to report on national implementation of the Convention in a structured concise narrative form. It is structured in seven sections (two of which are optional) which will be updated on any progress made from the last report submission. The mandatory sections to be included in the report are as follows:
- Information on the targets being pursued at the national level;
- Implementation measures taken, assessment of their effectiveness, associated obstacles and scientific technical needs to achieve national targets;
- Assessment of progress towards each national target;
- Description of the national contribution to the achievement of each global Aichi Biodiversity Target; and
- Updated biodiversity country profiles.
There are also resource modules on the CBD website that should be referred to in the development of each section. Various technical resources are available here: https://www.cbd.int/nr6/