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Biodiversity

Caroline Narayan

The term biodiversity is a shortening of the phrase biological diversity. The following definition was adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): Biological diversity means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. [source: Convention on biological diversity (with annexes). Concluded at Rio de Janeiro on 5 June 1992].

There is a general consensus that as pressures on natural resources increase, that biodiversity is being lost, and that the rate of loss is not sustainable. Maintaining biodiversity is believed to promote stability, sustainability and resilience of ecosystems. In April 2002, the Parties to the CBD committed themselves to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth. This target was subsequently endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the United Nations General Assembly and was incorporated as a new target under the Millennium Development Goals.


105 records found in EUROFOREST Portal

  1. A Biológiai Sokféleség Egyezmény és a Biológiai Biztonság honlapja
    • Biodiversity Clearing-House Mechanism and Biosafety Clearing-House [Hungary]
  2. Agencija za zaštitu okoliša
    • Croatian Environment Agency
  3. ALTER-Net - A Long-term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network
  4. Artsdatabanken
    • Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre
  5. Belgian Biodiversity Platform
  6. Belgian Clearing House Mechanism (Convention on Biological Diversity)
    • Belgisch uitwisselingsweb (Het Verdrag inzake Biologische Diversiteit); Centre d'échange d'informations de la Belgique (La Convention sur la diversité biologique)
  7. Belgische Soortenlijst
    • Belgian Species List; Espèces de Belgique
  8. Beschermde natuur in Nederland
    • Protected Nature in the Netherlands
  9. BioDat
  10. BiodivERsA
  11. Biodiversidad [España]
    • Biodiversity [Spain]
  12. Biodiversitätsmonitoring Schweiz
    • Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland; Monitoring de la biodiversité en Suisse
  13. Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE)
  14. Biodiversity Scotland
  15. Biodiversity.bg - портал за биоразнообразието
    • Biodiversity.bg - Biodiversity Portal [Bulgaria]
  16. Biologische Vielfalt Clearing House Mechanism
    • Biological Diversity Clearing-House Mechanism [Austria]
  17. Bioloģiskā daudzveidība Latvijā
    • Latvian Biodiversity Clearing-house Mechanism
  18. Bioportal - Web portal Informacijskog sustava zaštite prirode
    • Bioportal - Nature protection information system
  19. Birds Directive - Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds
  20. Bundesamt für Wald (BFW)
    • Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft; Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape; Federal Forest Office
  21. Centre d'Echange français pour la Convention sur la diversité biologique
    • French Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism
  22. Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF)
    • Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications; Centro de Investigación Ecológica y Aplicaciones Forestales
  23. Centro de Ecologia Aplicada Prof. Baeta Neves (CEABN)
    • Centre for Applied Ecology Prof. Baeta Neves
  24. CHM portal Konvencije o biološkoj raznovrsnosti
    • Biodiversity Clearinghouse Mechanism (CHM) portal Serbia
  25. Circumboreal Vegetation Map (CBVM)
  26. Clearing House Mechanism on Biodiversity of the Czech Republic
  27. Conifers of the World
  28. Conserving Biodiversity [Northern Ireland]
  29. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  30. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
    • Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d'extinction; Convención sobre el Comercio Internacional de Especies Amenazadas de Fauna y Flora Silvestr
  31. Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
    • Convention sur la conservation des espèces migratrices; Convención sobre las Especies Migratorias
  32. Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention)
    • Convention relative à la conservation de la vie sauvage et du milieu naturel de l'Europe (Convention de Berne)
  33. Country Biodiversity Strategies [UK]
  34. Danske biodiversitets portal
    • Denmark Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism
  35. DIVERSITAS - an international programme of biodiversity science
  36. Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode
    • State Institute for Nature Protection
  37. EELIS - Eesti Looduse Infosüsteem
    • EELIS - Estonian Nature Information System
  38. Eestimaa Looduse Fond (ELF)
    • Estonian Fund for Nature
  39. Environmental Change Network (ECN) [UK]
  40. EU Biodiversity Action Plan
  41. European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity
  42. European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC)
  43. European Mammal Assessment Database
  44. European Nature Information System (EUNIS)
  45. European Red List
  46. Fauna Europaea
  47. Forest Biodiversity
  48. ForestBIOTA (Forest Biodiversity Test-phase Assessments)
  49. GENET - European NGO Network on Genetic Engineering
  50. GEO Data Portal
    • Portail de données GEO
  51. Global Biodiversity Outlook
  52. GLOBIO - – Modelling human impacts on biodiversity
  53. Habitats Directive - Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Consolidated version 1.1.2007)
  54. Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  55. Inventario Forestal Nacional
    • National Forest Inventory [Spain]
  56. Irstea - Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture
    • National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) Cemagref: Agricultural and environmental engineering research
  57. IUCN - The International Union for Conservation of Nature
  58. IUCN Forest Conservation Programme
  59. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  60. IUCN Species Programme
  61. Mecanismul de Schimb de Informaţii pentru Biodiversitate
    • Clearinghouse Mechanism (CHM) Romania
  62. METSO - Etelä-Suomen metsien monimuotoisuusohjelma 2008-2016
    • METSO - Forest Biodiversity Programme 2008-2016
  63. Miljøstatus i Norge
    • State of the Environment Norway
  64. Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente
    • Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment [Spain]
  65. National Biodiversity Data Centre [Republic of Ireland]
  66. National Biodiversity Network Gateway [UK]
  67. National Botanic Garden of Belgium
    • Nationale Plantentuin van België; Jardin Botanique National de Belgique
  68. Nationell inventering av landskapet i Sverige (NILS)
    • National Inventory of Landscapes in Sweden (NILS)
  69. Natura 2000 Network Viewer
  70. Natura 2000 Networking Programme
  71. Natural England
  72. Nature Trust - Malta
  73. Natuurindicatoren
    • Biodiversity Indicators [Flanders, Belgium]
  74. Nederlandse Informatieplatform voor Biologische Diversiteit
    • Netherlands Clearing-House Mechanism for Biodiversity
  75. NINA - Norsk institutt for naturforskning
    • NINA - Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
  76. Norwegian Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism
  77. Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity
  78. Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER)
  79. PLANFORBIO - Planning and Management Tools for Biodiversity in a Range of Irish Forests
  80. Portail de l'Environnement du Grand-duché de Luxembourg
    • Luxembourg Environmental Portal
  81. Ramsar Sites Information Service
  82. Red Temática GLOBIMED
    • GLOBIMED Thematic Network
  83. Schweizer Informationssystem Biodiversität (SIB)
    • Swiss Biodiversity Information System (SIB); Système d'Information sur la biodiversité en Suisse (SIB)
  84. Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI)
    • Gozdarski inštitut Slovenije
  85. State of Europe's Forests 2003: the MCPFE report on sustainable forest management in Europe
  86. State of Europe's Forests 2007: the MCPFE report on sustainable forest management in Europe
  87. State of Europe's Forests 2011: Status and trends in Sustainable Forest Management in Europe
  88. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
  89. The European environment - state and outlook (SOER)
  90. The European Landscape Map (LANMAP2)
  91. UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP)
  92. UK Clearing House Mechanism for Biodiversity
  93. UN Division for Sustainable Development
  94. UNEP - Green Economy Initiative
  95. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
  96. Valtakunnan metsien inventointi (VMI)
    • National Forest Inventory [Finland]
  97. Wales Biodiversity Partnership
    • Partneriaeth Bioamrywiaeth Cymru
  98. Woodland Trust
  99. WWF
  100. Българска фондация Биоразнообразие
    • Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation
  101. Зелени Балкани
    • Green Balkans
  102. Институт Проблем Экологии и Эволюции имени А. Н. Северцова
    • A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution
  103. Конвенция о биологическом разнообразии
    • Clearing-House Mechanism of Convention on Biological Diversity
  104. Министерства природных ресурсов и охраны окружающей среды Республики Беларусь
    • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus
  105. Центр охраны дикой природы
    • Biodiversity Conservation Center