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Convention on Biological Diversity

by Khristine Custodio last modified Nov 19, 2013 09:16 AM
The Conference of the Parties (COP) has seven thematic programmes of work which correspond to some of the major biomes on the planet. The thematic programmes that could be relevant to the work being carried out in the GEF IW portfolio include: Inland Waters Biodiversity; Island Biodiversity; and Marine and Coastal Biodiversity.

Inland water ecosystems are often extensively modified by humans, more so than marine or terrestrial systems, and are amongst the most threatened ecosystem types of all. Physical alteration, habitat loss and degradation, water withdrawal, overexploitation, pollution and the introduction of invasive alien species are the main threats to these ecosystems and their associated biological resourcesThe Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives:

  1. The conservation of biological diversity
  2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
  3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources

More about the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Conference of the Parties (COP) has established seven thematic programmes of work (listed below) which correspond to some of the major biomes on the planet. Each programme establishes a vision for, and basic principles to guide future work. They also set out key issues for consideration, identify potential outputs, and suggest a timetable and means for achieving these. Implementation of the work programmes depends on contributions from Parties, the Secretariat, relevant intergovernmental and other organizations. Periodically, the COP and the SBSTTA review the state of implementation of the work programmes.

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Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
413, Saint Jacques Street, suite 800
Montreal QC H2Y 1N9 

+1 514 288 2220 
+1 514 288 6588 



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