A notification, in which the Secretariat encourages National Focal Points to fully integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR)-relevant objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets into all relevant areas at the national level. It highlights that the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD has taken numerous decisions noting the role of biodiversity in DRR, and draws attention to the need to integrate ecosystem-based approaches for DRR into relevant national policies and programmes. An annex to the document includes a list of key references to DRR in CBD COP decisions.
It also stresses the role of ecosystem degradation in natural disasters, and the role of ecosystem conservation in DRR, and explains the relevance of DRR to a number of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Furthermore, the letter mentions findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impact of climate change on disaster events, and attention paid to DRR in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)