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UN Convention on Biological Diversity

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity defines biological diversity in a conventional scientific way as:

‘…the variability among living organisms from all sources including…terrestrial, marine and aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are a part: this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.’

This Convention describes biodiversity as an attribute of life, distinguished from biological resources which

‘…include genetic resources, organisms or parts thereof, populations, or any other biotic component of ecosystems with actual or potential use or value for humanity.’

The Convention asserts that to fulfil its legal obligations, Parties will need to conserve and manage biological resources and ecosystems. Therefore, this Convention contains the legal powers to govern all uses of life including agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry.

DIVERSITAS has a Memorandum of Understanding with the CBD and is a regular contributor to the Subsidiary Body of Scientific, Technological and Technical Advice (SBSTTA).

Since 2005 the CBD is an ex-officio member of the DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee.

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Last updated: 13 December 2005

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