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Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

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The need to mainstream biodiversity into economic growth and development is being increasingly recognised and is now also firmly embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on experiences and insights from 16 predominantly megadiverse countries, this report examines how biodiversity is being mainstreamed in four key areas: 1) at the national level, including national development plans and other strategies, institutional co-ordination and national budgets; 2) the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors; 3) in development co-operation; and 4) the monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity mainstreaming and how this could be improved.

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Achieving sustainable development for “our people, our planet, our prosperity” is one of the top policy priorities of our time. Mainstreaming biodiversity and the value of our natural ecosystems into economic growth and development objectives is a crucial element of this, as reflected by Sustainable Development Goals 14 and 15 on Life under Water and Life on Land, among others. Strategic Goal A of the 2011-2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity is to address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society.

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