The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) is a requirement of contracting parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). NBSAPs set out a strategy and plan for contracting parties to fulfil the objectives of the Convention. With the adoption of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for 2011-2020, parties agreed to revise and align their NBSAPs to the Strategic Plan and the Aichi Targets.
This document is South Africa’s revised NBSAP for the period 2015 – 2025. It identifies the priorities for biodiversity management in South Africa for this period, aligning these with the priorities and targets in the global agenda, as well as national development imperatives.
South Africa is a country with a rich endowment of natural resources, which include its biodiversity and ecosystems. The diversity of these ecosystems delivers a range of services that are essential to people and the development and growth of the economy. The NBSAP outlines a path to ensure the management of biodiversity assets and ecological infrastructure continue to support South Africa’s development path and play an important role in underpinning the economy.