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Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty, launched at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. The convention has three main goals: “conservation of biological diversity or biodiversity; the sustainable use of its components; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources”. Tropical forests that contain most of the world´s biodiversity have a prominent place on the agenda of the Convention, and its agenda also includes the discussion on genetically modified trees.

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  • News from the 12th Conference of the Parties of the CBD

    Posted on October 13, 2014

    The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is taking place in South Korea. There are several issues being addressed by the COP 12 such as biodiversity and ecosystems conservation, invasive...

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  • International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations 2012

    Posted on September 1, 2012

    September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for our organizations, networks and movements to celebrateresistance and raise our voices to demand, Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree Plantations!...

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  • Campaign on Forest Definition

    Posted on January 4, 2011

    2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. In response, WRM has launched a campaign that challenges the definition of “forest” used by FAO. This is not a simple matter of semantics: FAO’s definition of...

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  • News from COP 9 / MOP 4 of the Convention on Biological Diverstity

    Posted on May 23, 2008

    The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) of the Convention of Biological Diversity is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 19 to 30 May 2008. COP 9 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host...

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  • News from the SBSTTA 13 of the CBD

    Posted on February 20, 2008

    18 – 22 February 2008 – FAO, Rome, Italy Thirteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity  

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  • “Mainstreaming biodiversity” in extractive industries: Concealing devastation and land grabbing

    Posted on November 16, 2018

    A compilation of articles from the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin on the occasion of the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held 17 – 29 November, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

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  • Transgenic Trees

    Posted on December 17, 2007

    Until now the debate over genetically modified organisms – also known as transgenic organisms – has mainly focused on agricultural crops, and only to a much lesser extent on genetically modified trees. This is understandable, given...

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