Capacity building

In Decision X/17, the Conference of the Parties emphasized the need for capacity-building, especially in developing country Parties, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States, as well as Parties with economies in transition, to facilitate implementation of the Strategy.

The fourth meeting of the GSPC Liaison Group considered capacity needs (institutional, technical and financial) in relation to the implementation of each of the 16 targets and noted their links to the 20 Aichi Biodiversity targets.

The report of the Liaison Group offers concrete options to facilitate capacity building for each target. This document can be downloaded here.

A regional capacity building workshop on national GSPC implementation for Eastern and Southern Africa was organised by BGCI in early 2012, hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute. A report of the workshop can be downloaded here.

A side event on capacity building for GSPC implementation was held at the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) in Montreal on May 1st 2012. The GSPC toolkit was demonstrated during this event, which also included presentations from a number of other members of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC). These presentations served to highlight the wide range of capacity building initiatives that are being undertaken by the GPPC.

Copies of the presentations can be downloaded here:

Capacity building for the GSPC – introduction and role of the Missouri Botanical Garden
GSPC targets 2 and 5– IUCN
Flora of Nepal – a case study in capacity building – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
FairWild Standard: best practice tool for implementing sustainable use objective of GSPC – TRAFFIC International
Sud Expert Plantes - Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France
UNEP-WCMC - Supporting the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

Training module

A draft training module on the development of a national response to the GSPC has been developed. The module provides guidelines on identifying relevant GSPC stakeholders and how to carry out a national GSPC audit. It also shows the linkages between the GSPC targets and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and provides advice and guidance on incorporating GSPC targets into revised and updated NBSAPs.

The training module can be downloaded here.