The biodiversity of our planet is under threat from human activities. The complex ecosystems they live in are being destroyed by deforestation and pollution. Conservation efforts are attempting to stem the loss of biodiversity, particularly in the world's ecological hotspots.
Biodiversity Resources and Treaties
There are many NGOs and UN organisations engaged with the conservation of biodiversity. There are also a number of living resources treaties which have a direct impact on conservation efforts around the world.
- CITES: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
- WWF: panda.org, information about endangered species
- UNEP: United Nations Environment Programme
- IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature: the UN body responsible for preserving endangered species
- Worldbank Databank
- WRI: World Resources Institute: a font of information and statistics about global environmental issues
- Footprint sustainability information and forum site
- IUCN Red List of threatened species
- Madagascar Biodiversity site
- Madagascar endemic species
- Scientific American rainforest article
- Wikipedia Brazilian rainforest article
- Greenpeace article about food security
- Greenpeace article about the amazon Rainforest
- The Case of the Missing Mountaintop: biodiversity exercise
Living resources treaties
There are a number of international treaties and conventions for the conservation and protection of living resources.
The international agreements for the conservation of species and terrestrial living resources:
- Antarctic Treaty, Washington DC, 1959.
- World Heritage Convention Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, Paris, 1972.
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Rio 1992.
- Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), Bonn, 1979.
- Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, (CITES), Washington DC, 1973.
- Ramsar Convention Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat, Ramsar, 1971.
- Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD), Paris, 1994.
- FAO International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources, Rome, 1983.
- International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA, 2006).
The Convention has three main goals including: the conservation of biological diversity (or biodiversity); the sustainable use of its components; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources. The convention entered into force on 29 December 1993, following its signing at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 5 June 1992. The Nagoya Protocol was adopted at COP10 the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in October 2010.