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The EU also implements a broad range of other biodiversity-related international agreements such as CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on international humane trapping standards.

In 2010, the CBD Parties also adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization. This commitment is reflected in the EU ABS Regulation.

The EU has also supported and contributed to the development of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals include 2 objectives particularly relevant for biodiversity:

The European Union is a Party to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of 1992, which seeks to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity on the planet. In 2010, the CBD adopted a 10-year Strategic Plan to combat biodiversity loss in the world, as well as 20 concrete targets (the Aichi targets) in order to achieve this overall objective. These commitments are reflected in the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

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The Earth’s biological resources are vital to the economic and social development of countries all across the world. The EU supports and implements a broad range of biodiversity-related international agreements.

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In practice

In January 2000 a supplementary agreement to the CBD known as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was adopted by the Conference of the Parties. The protocol aims to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology practices. Visit the CBD Clearing House Mechanism for more information.

CITES is implemented in the EU through a set of Regulations known as the Wildlife Trade Regulations. Currently these are Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (the Basic Regulation) and Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 laying down detailed rules concerning the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (the Implementing Regulation).

Bonn Convention

The 1972 World Heritage Convention links together in a single document the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural properties. The Convention recognizes the way in which people interact with nature, and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two.

Bern Convention

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for “sustainable development” – meeting our needs while ensuring that we leave a healthy and viable world for future generations. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This agreement among the vast majority of the world’s governments sets out commitments for maintaining the world’s ecological underpinnings as we go about the business of economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.