The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international agreement established by the United Nations. Its aim is to preserve biological diversity around the world. Belgium became a CBD member during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992.
The CBD has three main objectives: to conserve biodiversity, to enhance its sustainable use and to ensure an equitable sharing of benefits linked to the exploitation of genetic resources.
The Convention puts much emphasis on the exchange of information and the cooperation between countries. To help these processes, the CBD has set up an international network of partners called the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM). This website contributes to the CHM network by illustrating what Belgium is doing in the framework of the CBD.
The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform are co-organising a two-day
One World One Health Conference on 3-4 December 2019 on the impacts of wildlife trade at global and local level
Given the broad scale of the issue, the conference will focus on two specific trades occuring in Belgium:
DAY 1: the bushmeat trade (3 Dec. 2019)
DAY 2: the trade in exotic reptiles and in amphibians (4 Dec. 2019)
The objectives of the conference are:
- to provide scientific information on the impacts of the bushmeat trade and the trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians
- to discuss recommendations for further actions at Belgian and European level in a view of reaching a more sustainable trade of wildlife
Latest news from the Secretariat of the CBD
- Delegates to the eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (11WG8J) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed on a set of recommendations for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Review of Implementation.
- Opening statement of Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Officer-in-Charge, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Canada, 20-22 November 2019
- The European Business and Nature Summit (EBNS) took place in Madrid, Spain over the span of two days to help strengthen the role that businesses play in supporting nature conservation and its sustainable use.