The Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) project is an Enabling activity to increase the capacity of the Ministry of Environmental Affairs in the integration of conservation of biodiversity in national policies, and to meet the Palestinian Authority's obligations to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) as part of the sub-regional initiative with the Government of Jordan.
The Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), executed by the United Nations Development Programme/Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP), and implemented by the Palestinian Ministry of Environmental Affairs (MENA).
The project produced an elaborated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The NBSAP supports the development of human resources and institutional capacities of local Authority agencies, and motivates key stakeholders to contribute to the conservation and sustainable utilization of Biological diversity in the Palestinian territories.
The NBSAP defined the current status of biological diversity, reasons of Degradation, strategies and priority actions to conserve and sustainably use its components within the context of Palestinian social and economic development.
The main elements of the project also included the institutionalization of a national multi-sector steering committee on biodiversity a biodiversity country report to be submitted to the Council of Parties of the CBD, and a public awareness campaign.
The BSAP made use of a Swiss contribution to a IUCN, (The World Conservation Union) project on biodiversity in the Palestinian territories and drawn upon the technical and scientific experience of IUCN and other regional and international consultants to ensure sound and efficient implementation of project activities.