Article 6 of the Convention on General Measures for Conservation and Sustainable Use states that each Contracting Party shall, in accordance with its particular conditions and capabilities:
Develop national strategies, plans or programmes for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity or adapt for this purpose existing strategies, plans or programmes which shall reflect, inter alia, the measures set out in this Convention relevant to the Contracting Party concerned
Integrate, as far as possible and as appropriate, the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity into relevant sectoral or cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies.
The Ethiopian NBSAP process was developed with funding from GEF-UNDP. A Project Steering Committee of principal stakeholders was established to provide overall direction and policy guidance to the NBSAP process. The Steering Committee identified and selected an NBSAP Planning Team of 60 members expertise from all over the country on the basis of their biodiversity and planning expertise. Planning Team members represented the varied sectors, institutions and biodiversity resource users. The Planning Team was the principal technical organ of the NBSAP process. A secretariat office for the project was established at the Institute of Biodiversity Conservation (IBC) and a National Project Coordinator was assigned. The National Project Co-coordinator was responsible for day-to-day co-ordination of the project activities and served as chairman of the Planning Team.