World Rainforest Movement

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.


Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings

  • “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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