Convention on Biological Diversity

Key website: Preparations for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework (Convention on Biological Diversity)

Background:

Entered into force on 29 December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is dedicated to promoting sustainable development, with three main objectives: (a) the conservation of biological diversity (all ecosystems, species, and genetic resources); (b) the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity; and (c) the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, notably those destined for commercial use. There are 196 States parties to the Convention and several advisory bodies have also been established. It stands as a landmark in international law, recognizing for the first time the conservation of biological diversity as an integral part of the development process (on one hand acknowledging that ecosystems, species and genes must be used for the benefit of humans, but simultaneously maintaining that conservation brings significant environmental, economic, and social benefits in return).

During the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP), held in 2010 in Japan, State parties adopted a revised and updated Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for the 2011-2020 period. This plan provides an overarching framework on biodiversity, not only for the biodiversity-related conventions, but for the entire United Nations system and all other partners engaged in biodiversity management and policy development. The fifteenth COP in 2020 is expected to update the Convention’s strategic plan and adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as a follow-up for the next decade.

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The Endangered Species Act is under political attack

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In 1973 the United States Congress passed one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of the world.  The Endangered Species Act is under political attack by the Trump Administration. One of the organizations working to save the act is EarthJustice. Join their efforts today.

The following information was posted on their website on August 21, 2019.

RECOGNIZING THAT EXTINCTION IS IRREVERSIBLE,the United States did in 1973 what no country had done before, establishing a commitment to protect and restore the species that are most at risk of extinction.

In the four decades since the Endangered Species Act became law, 99% of species protected under the Endangered Species Act have not perished.

On Aug. 21, Earthjustice, on behalf of environmental and animal protection groups, suedthe Trump administration over its new regulations that dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act. The rollbacks imperil hundreds of species and violate the spirit and purpose of the law itself.

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Thanks for visiting the Wildlife Conservation Center. My goal is to create a website where people around the world can connect with each other and learn about wildlife conservation efforts and how they can get involved and take action. 

Today I want to recommend that you check out the Wolf Conservation Center.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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People all around the world including here in my home state of Texas care about wolves.   Get involved in wolf conservation efforts today.  We need apex predators to help keep prey species in check and maintain healthy ecosystems.

Rick LoBello

President, Wildlife Conservation Center

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