Red Dog mine, Alaska

Mainstreaming biodiversity

Making biodiversity integral to all policy fields.

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity identifies that biodiversity mainstreaming is generally understood as ensuring that biodiversity, and the services it provides, are appropriately and adequately factored into policies and practices that rely and have an impact on it. The objective of mainstreaming biodiversity is to help reduce the negative impacts that productive sectors, development investments and other human activities exert on biodiversity, by highlighting the contribution of biodiversity to socioeconomic development and human well-being and ensuring actions related to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are integrated at every stage of the development of policies, plans, programmes and project cycles, regardless whether international organizations, businesses or governments lead the process.

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