Biodiv Sci ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (2): 244-252.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2019323

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Biodiversity sensitive issues from changes in the strategic objectives of the financial mechanism for the Convention on Biological Diversity

Liu Haiou1,2,Zhang Fengchun2,Zhao Fuwei3,Du Leshan2,Xue Dayuan1,*()   

  1. 1 College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081
    2 State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Regional Eco-process and Function Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012
    3 Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, Ministry of Environment and Ecology, Nanjing 210042
  • Received:2019-10-16 Accepted:2019-12-19 Online:2020-02-20 Published:2020-02-27
  • Contact: Xue Dayuan


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the only financial mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity, providing financial support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition in accordance with the requirements of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the policy orientation of the GEF. From the pilot period to the current seventh replenishment of the GEF (GEF-7), the Strategic Objectives in the focal area of biodiversity in each replenishment period have also undergone several changes. References exist for us to carry out related work in the future to study the changes of biodiversity sensitive issues involved in the Strategic Objectives of the financial mechanism. This paper catalogues sensitive issues involved in the Strategic Objectives of the biodiversity Focal Area in each replenishment period of the GEF, analyzes the changes of each issue in the amount and content of funds in each GEF period, and compares and analyzes the current situation in China. Furthermore, we propose recommendations, including strengthening the consideration of the representativeness of ecosystems in protected areas, enhancing the sustainability of protected areas, comprehensively promoting the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation, etc., with a view to providing reference for the implementation for the Convention on Biological Diversity, biodiversity management and related research works.

Key words: Convention on Biological Diversity, Global Environment Facility, biodiversity sensitive issues