STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is likely to revise the countrys biodiversity plan next month in line with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

“A workshop would be held in the first week of December to hash out new biodiversity targets and strategies for Pakistan,” WWF-Pakistan Executive Director Dr Ejaz Ahmad told the media.

He said there was a need to review previous targets to identify loopholes and gaps which made them unachievable.

The biodiversity action plan (BAP) provided a brief assessment of the status and trends of existing biodiversity in Pakistan and outlined strategic goals and objectives.

The existing BAP was made up of 13 components corresponding to articles of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which, under Article 6, requires member countries to develop national strategies for conservation and sustainable use.

The importance of conserving biological diversity in the wake of climate change has been outlined in various government policies and programmes, but no concrete actions have been taken so far.

Pakistan covers a significant number of the worlds ecological regions that support a rich variety of species contributing to the overall biodiversity of the country.

The losses and fragmentation of natural habitats are affecting biodiversity in rangelands, forests, deserts, freshwaters and marine ecosystems.

“Steps to conserve biodiversity were taken but results have not been visible, because there are too many environmental issues and limited resources,” said Ahmad.

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