Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Technical Note

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March 2017
Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Bank Group, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity has been recognised as setting the global framework for priority actions on biodiversity. The 2030 Agenda is consistent with other existing international commitments, including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. The SDGs and the Strategic Plan are mutually supportive and reinforcing, and therefore the implementation of one contributes to the achievement of the other.

This technical note is developed as a technical complement to the “Policy Brief on Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. It is intended to help decision-makers such as government representatives and development professionals to understand more easily the contributions of biodiversity to achieving the SDGs. It presents a mapping of the linkages between the SDGs and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The table on the following page offers a summary of linkages between SDGs and Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The rest of the publication provides a more detailed description of the linkages between biodiversity and specific SDGs and their associated targets and also provides a cross-reference to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The publication illustrates the most direct linkages between the targets for the SDGs and biodiversity. 

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