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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.


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  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

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