Rwanda ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in March 1995. As a contracting Party to the Convention, the Country in Article 6 of the Convention is obligated to develop national strategies, plans, or programs for the management, conservation, and sustainable use of biodiversity. These are captured in a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). Rwanda’s 1st NBSAP was prepared in 2003 and had to be revised to align it with the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity targets covering the periods 2011-2020.
National Target 16: By 2016, Rwanda has developed, adopted as a policy instrument, and has commenced implementing an effective, participatory and updated National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP)