Biodiversity and Gender for Sustainable Development

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This book provides an insight into both biodiversity and gender. It recognises the vital role of women in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, and affirms the need for the full participation of women at all levels of policy-making and implementation in the conservation of biological diversity. Analytic, integrative in approach, and clearly presented, this book is aimed at environmentalists, natural resource scientists, environmental practitioners and policy-makers.



Policy Issues in Biodiversity Conservation 1: The Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international legal framework which was adopted by different countries in 1992 to promote the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources. It was one of the major outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992. Unique from other earlier conservation-related Conventions, the CBD emphasises an important principle that countries have sovereign rights over their own biological resources and they accordingly bear the responsibility for conserving and sustainably using such resources.


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