Global Biodiversity Framework-Early Action Support project

Project start date :January 2023 
Focus area:Natural resource management and biodiversity
Project office:UNDP Mongolia
Funded by:  The Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Implementing Partners United Nations Development Programme and The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia

Project Background

Biodiversity, and the benefits it provides, is fundamental to human well-being and a healthy planet. Despite ongoing efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide at rates unprecedented in human history. Time is running out for the global community to create the transformative changes needed to address our planetary crisis. Responding to this existential need for stepping up biodiversity conservation efforts, nations must rapidly swing into action to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), our last best chance to safeguard the planet and those who live on it. The Global Biodiversity Framework Early Action Support (GBF-EAS) project is a government-led with joint implementation support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the CBD Secretariat and the GEF. It provides financial and technical support to 138 developing, small island, and middle-income nations in their work to align their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) with the GBF.  An inclusive, whole of government and society approach is followed during this process that strives to account for gender equity, and the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and youth. 

The GBF-EAS project of Mongolia is implemented by the UNDP Country Office in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and other pertinent stakeholders to support on aligning national priorities on biodiversity with the post-2020 GBF.

GBF-EAS project is implementing following components to achieve project objective: 

  1. Rapid review of NBSAP for alignment with the post-2020 GBF; 
  2. Assessment of monitoring systems; 
  3. Policy and institutional alignment and review of policies for coherence with the GBF; and
  4. Biodiversity finance. 

The rapid review of the NBSAP and national targets will focus on identifying gaps required to align the national targets, goals, objectives and action plans within the existing NBSAP to the new GBF; the assessment of monitoring systems will focus on identifying gaps and promoting alignment between the NBSAP-related monitoring system and the GBF; the policy and institutional review will focus on identifying policy gaps and inconsistencies within the existing NBSAP and the GBF; and the biodiversity finance activities will focus on preparedness for developing and/or implementing a finance plan for implementing a GBF-aligned NBSAP.

Objectives/ Goals:

The objective of this global project is to fast-track readiness and early actions to implement the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) by providing financial and technical support to GEF-eligible Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in their work to align their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) including national biodiversity targets, monitoring, policy, and finance frameworks with the Global Biodiversity Framework of the CBD.

Expected Results

  • NBSAPs are ready to be aligned and national biodiversity targets are aligned with post-2020 GBF and relevant SDG targets 
  • Enhanced and improved monitoring, reporting systems, and transparency frameworks 
  • Identification of actions for policy alignment and coherence on nature-related sectors 
  • Biodiversity finance gaps defined, and opportunities for resource mobilization identified