The Convention on Biological Diversity
Article 10

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This Article deals with sustainable use of plants and animals so that they are continually replaced and can be used by future generations.

"We treat the Earth as if we intend to stay." - Dianne Dillion Ridgley speaking in Pennsylvania, October 27, 1997

"What we are doing now to biodiversity is like burning Renaissance masterpieces to cook dinner." Professor EO Wilson, Scientist and Writer.

  1. Use the Google Browser (Google link) and enter define sustainable use in the search panel and press enter. From the list of definitions displayed, select the definition which you feel explains sustainable use in a way you can best understand and write it down. Note the address of the web page so you can find it again.
  2. Read through Article 10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity and make a list of terms that you need to look up so that you can be sure of understanding the Article. Some of the terms are defined in the Preamble (The Opening Discussion) of the Convention.
  3. Discuss with a fellow student what you think the following terms mean: biological diversity, biological resources, adverse impact, traditional cultural practices, remedial action, degraded areas. Write down your agreed definitions and where you think it is helpful, give a local example.

Background resources

Text of Article 10 Sustainable Use of Components of Biological Diversity

See the WebSheet for Article 8 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity - from Canada's Diodiversity Convention Office

An Introduction to Biodiversity - from Landcare Australia
Downloadable .pdf file

Task and resources

  1. Write sentences to describe how Article 10 applies to these problem areas.
    • Restoration of Contaminated Areas
    • Commercial Use of Australian Fauna
    • Commercial Use of Australian Flora
    • Ecotourism
  2. Are aboriginal land uses likely to minimize bad effects on ecosystems?
  3. How could Landcare Groups help to restore a badly eroded creek bed?
  4. What does the NSW State Government do to work with private organisations so that sustainable use is improved?
  5. Does your Local Council have an environmental policy which supports Article 10?

Online Resources

Australian Biodiversity - Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage

Giving our Land a Hand - from Natural Resource Management - with fact sheets on Our Bush, Our Coasts, Our Land, Our Rivers and Salinity

The Kangaroo Conservation and Management Program of South Australia - from Biodiversity: Parks Web

Collection of Native Seeds and Fruit - from Biodiversity: Parks Web

Landcare Australia
About Landcare Australia

Biological diversity and aboriginal and torres strait islander peoples
Traditional Cultural Pracices

Working Together - from NSW Government Department of Environment and Conservation and Environment Protection Agency

Biological Diversity and Tourism: Introduction - from Convention on Biological Diversity

List of Councils - from Department of Local Government


Is Article 10 important for the future?


NSW Dept Education Biology text list from New HSC Online


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