In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio, the United Nations adopted the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to agree international measures aimed at preserving the vital ecosystems and biological resources on which we all depend. This is the official handbook to the Convention and presents all the most important information about the CBD, including a guide to the decisions adopted and to ongoing activities. It is an essential resource for all the governments, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs and conservation bodies and researchers working in this area. Included with the book is a fully indexed and cross-referenced CD-ROM containing all the relevant background material to the Convention, linked to relevant decisions and other sources of information.
Foreword by Hamdallah Zedan * How to Use this Book * Introduction: The Operation of the Convention on Biological Diversity * Acronyms and Abbreviations * Convention on Biological Diversity * Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity * Rules of Procedure for Meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity * Guide to the Decisions of the Conference of the Parties * Status of Signature, Ratification, Accession, Acceptance and Approval - Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety * Declarations * Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity * Decisions of the Conference of the Parties (With Relevant SBSTTA Recommendations) * Index of Key Terms * Index of Articles, Decisions and Recommendations