​Convention on Biological Diversity

CI has been involved with the Convention on Biological Diversity for over a decade, helping to ensure that the best science, thinking, and field demonstrations are included in these important negotiations.


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    Created in 1992 by the United Nations, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty that aims to conserve global biodiversity, promote sustainable resource use and facilitate fair and equitable sharing of resource benefits by all stakeholders.

    ​​The Convention on Biological Diversity represents a dramatic step forward in the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

    In 2010, participating countries committed to a ten year framework for action to save biodiversity and enhance its benefits for people. This framework is supported by 20 targets, collectively known as the Aichi Targets. They call for “effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity” to ensure the full diversity of nature can continue to contribute to human well-being.

    The world’s nations must make a stronger commitment to protect the species and ecosystems that feed our families, cure our diseases and enrich our cultures. Building on a solid foundation of biodiversity expertise, CI is working with governments in pursuit of this ambitious goal.

    Learn more on the Convention for Biological Diversity website »



    CI's role at CBD

    CI works with partners and national delegations on key elements of CBD negotiations, including freshwater, indigenous peoples’ rights, financial targets, REDD+ safeguards, incentive measures, and marine biodiversity.

    CI is also more broadly involved in CBD issues through field-level advocacy and projects and through scientific evaluation, demonstrating the most effective ways to make progress on key issues.


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