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Living in harmony with nature – International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May 2012


Video Message from Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity

Biological diversity – or biodiversity – is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms.  Read more by clicking here.

http://www.cbd.int/2010/biodiversity/

The Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been so great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate.  You can read information about what the Convention on Biological Diversity is, at the web page below.

http://www.cbd.int/history/

The Convention parties are signatory to a number of international Protocols and are members of a number of Convention bodies. For example, the Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic annual meetings.
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International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN & the Red Lists – Endangered & Threatened Species

Conserving biological diversity or bio-diversity is the mission of the IUCN or International Union for Conservation of Nature“Bio-diversity” means having a diverse or wide range of living species on Earth, to conserve or continue a range of Life on Earth.  Bio-diversity is usually explored at three levels – genetic diversity, species diversity and ecosystem diversity. These three levels work together to create the complexity of life on Earth.  See the Australian Museum page below for an explanation of these types of Diversity.

http://australianmuseum.net.au/What-is-biodiversity

The IUCN Programme provides the framework for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the conservation work undertaken by the IUCN Commissions and the Secretariat with and on behalf of IUCN Members. The Programme is discussed and approved by Member organizations every four years at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress.

You can download their 2013 to 2016 Draft Programme at the following page.   Look for the link on the right-hand side

http://www.iucn.org/about/work/global_programme/

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