CBD COP15 Side Event
The Data Reporting Tool for MEAs (DaRT) is a tool that aims to support Parties in the effective use of synergies in biodiversity knowledge and information management for national reporting to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). This tool can also be applied for a gender-responsive monitoring of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
This was the main issue of discussion at the “Data Reporting Tool for MEAs – DaRT & Gender” held on 8 December 2022 during the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, also known as the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15). The event was held on the day of the Women’s Hub at Place Québec, Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec.
The information session introduced the background and rationale behind DaRT, and provided an overview of the functionalities of the tool and explained what added value it can bring to the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The information session focused specifically on practical experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of DaRT and feature a presentation from Cameroon and the ways in which integration of the Post-2020 Gender Plan of Action within the tool can further ensure and enhance the gender-responsiveness review and reporting of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework as well as building synergy with the deliverables of the post-2020 Gender Plan of Action (GPA).
Women4Biodiversity Director mrinalini Rai (right) shares how the integration of the Post2020 Gender Plan of Action within the framework of DaRT could support the gender-responsive review and reporting by Parties on the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
Cameroon was the first country to introduce, adopt, and operationalize the DaRT in their country.
Stanislaus Lebaga from the DaRT team and from Cameroon talked about how DaRT is helping Cameroon’s Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development in data collection, addressing inconsistencies in reporting, and reducing related costs.
DaRT was developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC) with the support of the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Currently, 45 countries are using DaRT as listed in the DaRT website.
Further information on DaRT is available in document CBD/SBI/3/INF/8 prepared for the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. A dedicated website is accessible at: https://dart.informea.org/
Stanislaus Lebaga from the DaRT team and from Cameroon shares his country’s experience with DaRT.
Smiles after the DaRT session. Participants are going home with a better idea of DaRT for gender-responsive monitoring of the GBF and GPA.
For further information, watch a video session here.