Progress Namibia joined the Namibia Nature Foundation to conduct the re-costing and refinement of the costs to fully implement the Second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP2) in Namibia. Namibia is rich in biodiversity, both in terms of ecosystems and species. Acknowledging the importance of biodiversity, the Namibian government has been pursuing a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) since 2001, and is currently implementing the second such plan; NBSAP2. Nevertheless the implementation of these plans has encountered difficulties, in particular a lack of funding and communication constraints have been observed. The Biodiversity Resource Mobilisation (ResMob) Project, implemented in partnership between the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the GIZ (German Development Corporation), has the goal to improve Namibia’s capacity to mobilise resources for biodiversity conservation.
In order for ResMob to develop a comprehensive resource mobilisation strategy, a re-costing and refinement of the costs to fully implement NBSAP2 was necessary.
The objective of this assignment was to evaluate which resources are needed in relation with what has been budgeted to allow a successful implementation of NBSAP2. The team based the re-calculation and refinement of the costs on the UNDP-BIOFIN guidelines. The team not only identified and proposed the correction of gaps but also aimed to improve, through workshops, the capacitation of different stakeholders in budgeting, costing and in scenario and the application of sensitivity analysis. The project ran from December 2016 to March 2017.
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