Over 2014 and 2015, Staff of the BMP Technical Advisory Team (TAT) met with the many institutions who hold data and information about biodiversity in the IGAD Member States. The TAT aim is to establish Biodiversity Databases in each of the Member States. These databases will be hosted by an institution selected by the countries. The database will help these institutions to better organise their own data, and allow them to effectively share this information with researchers, decision makers and the wider public. With international wildlife crime such a significant threat, sensitive data will be protected.

Each host institution will receive the hardware and software necessary to hold the database. Staff will be trained to manage it, and taught to train others how to use it. So far, Michal has developed a ten-step roadmap for the establishment of the database system which was adopted by BMP’s 4th Technical Advisory Committee meeting in May 2015.  This information system will help Member States to compile key information on the “Aichi Targets” and efficiently manage their biodiversity information. 

What are the Aichi Targets?

The 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP), of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held in October 2010, in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. In its Decision X/2, the CoP adopted a revised and updated Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the ‘Aichi Biodiversity Targets’, for the 2011-2020 period. This plan provides an overarching framework on biodiversity, not only for the biodiversity-related conventions, but for the entire United Nations system and all other partners engaged in biodiversity management and policy development.