Developing the First City-Level Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong

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1 Developing the First City-Level Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong Simon Chan Senior Conservation Officer (Biodiversity) / Secretary to the BSAP Steering Committee

2 Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) BSAP? What s that?

3 CBD and BSAP Convention on Biological Diversity Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity Entered into force in 1993 China as a Contracting Party since 1993 Extended to Hong Kong in th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity to 2020 Strategic Goals Aichi Biodiversity Targets (ABTs) From 2013 Develop a BSAP for Hong Kong Policy Address Three-tiered advisory committee formed Target 17 develop national BSAPs

4 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity Strategic Plan for Biodiversity at COP 10 in The Plan comprises 5 strategic goals and 20 headline targets known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (ABTs) which serves as a flexible framework for the establishment of national and regional targets to promote coherent and effective implementation of the CBD. Parties could set their own targets within this flexible framework, taking into account national needs and priorities.

5 Developing Hong Kong s First BSAP Aichi Biodiversity Target #17: by 2015, each Party has developed, adopted and commenced implementing an effective, participatory and updated national Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Purpose: to identify priority issues and set relevant strategies and actions. A city-level BSAP for Hong Kong.

6 Benefits of BSAP Translating international obligations into specific actions at city-level Prioritizing local concerns and addressing them Encourage greater involvement of communities Facilitating mainstreaming of biodiversity and enhancing public awareness

7 What are Included in BSAP? The BSAP will include two parts: biodiversity strategy with vision, mission and principles an action plan that identifies priority actions and clearly outlines how these will be implemented

8 BSAP for Hong Kong The first city-level BSAP for Hong Kong will provide administrative and planning guidance on the conservation and sustainable use of our biodiversity for the coming years. Jointly developed, adopted, and owned by the full range of stakeholders and partners involved, and the process will be open, participatory and transparent.

9 BSAP: Cyclic and Adaptive Process

10 Focus Groups Focus Groups Focus Groups Three-tier Advisory Committee Steering Committee Terrestrial Biodiversity Working Group (TBWG) Marine Biodiversity Working Group (MBWG) Awareness, Mainstreaming and Sustainability Working Group (AMSWG) Terrestrial Impact Assessment Marine Impact Assessment Business Sector Terrestrial Habitat Marine Habitat Education Legislation Status and Trend and Red List Sustainable Use of Marine Resources Non-government Organizations Sustainable Use, Ecological Footprint and Ecosystem Services Traditional Knowledge

11 Public Engagement Sector forums, public lectures Roving exhibitions, dedicated webpage video clips on RoadShow > participants

12 Development Media Dialogue Sustainable use Knowledge gap NGOs Diverse Views Resources Planning Country parks Invasive species Ecosystem services Communications Green procurement Government Climate change Information sharing Land uses Stakeholders Agriculture Ecological surveys Public education Fisheries Culture Marine protected area Threatened species Traditional values Citizen science Partnership Enclaves Endangered species Biodiversity database Nature policy Business sectors Rural committee Mainstreaming Impact assessment Ecological footprint 12

13 Four Major Areas of Actions Continue to implement and enhance existing conservation measures Conduct additional studies to fill information gaps and enhance information sharing Promote the concept and awareness of biodiversity among stakeholders and the public Mainstream biodiversity into the Government s decision making process 13

14 Way Forward Recommendations from BSAP Steering Committee Public Awareness Programme Public Consultation 14

15 Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival Public talk Film show/ Website Guided Tour Workshop Biodiversity Festival Fair Exhibition Leaflet The BSAP should be jointly developed, adopted, and owned by a wide range of stakeholders from different sectors.

16 Public Engagement Activities

17 More about BSAP BSAP Website Learn about upcoming events Public Awareness and Engagement Programme Download BSAP leaflets HKBSAP YouTube Channel Search HKBSAP in YouTube Watch videos on biodiversity Playback of each public lectures 17

18 Your Participation Let s Join Hands to Protect our Biodiversity! Website: YouTube: HKBSAP channel 18

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