The Convention on Biological Diversity
Article 8
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Introduction | The Process and Resources | Conclusion |

Introduction

The United Nations Environment Programme initiated The Convention on Biological Diversity and since the early 1990s many countries have committed to the convention by signing it.


Task and resources

  1. Use the Google Browser (Google link) and enter define biodiversity in the search panel and press enter. From the list of definitions displayed, select the definition which you feel explains biodiversity 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 8 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: In-situ (latin), biological diversity, sustainable use, habitat, viable population, sustainable development, natural habitat, inter alia (latin), degraded ecosystem, alien species (not ET!). Write down your agreed definitions and where you think it is helpful, give a local example.
  4. Has Australia signed the Convention?
  5. Name two countries that have not signed the Convention. List possible reasons why these countries did not sign.

Online Resources

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Summary of Provisions - from Genomics Gateway
http://www.bradford.ac.uk/acad/sbtwc/gateway/TRADE/CBD.HTM

Sustaining Life on Earth: How the Convention on Biological Diversity promotes nature and human well-being http://www.biodiv.org/doc/publications/guide.asp

Convention on Biological Diversity: Convention Text - full text available in several languages
http://www.biodiv.org/convention/articles.asp

Article 2. Use of Terms - preamble to the Convention on Biological Diversity
http://www.biodiv.org/convention/articles.asp?lg=0&a=cbd-02

Text of Article 8: In-situ Conservation
http://www.biodiv.org/convention/articles.asp?lg=0&a=cbd-08

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
http://www.biodiv.org/world/parties.asp



Conclusion

How could Article 8 be applied in your region? Consider examples such as Marine Parks, Conservation Areas, even your school grounds.

Online resources

Recovery Plans Adopted under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- from Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/recovery/list-common.html

Revised Recovery Plan Guidelines for Nationally Listed Threatened Species and Ecological Communities under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- from Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/recovery/guidelines/index.html

The NSW Biodiversity Strategy
From National Parks and Wildlife
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/sbs+home

Learnscapes
A downloadable document for schools
http://www.curriculumsupport.nsw.edu.au/enviroed/files/Env_86Learnscapes.pdf?CFID=533463&CFTOKEN=85638627

Australia State of the Environment 2001
An online text
http://www.deh.gov.au/soe/2001/contents.html

Bibliography

Resources for students of Stage 6 Biology - from New HSC Online, try and locate these books in the library
http://hsc.csu.edu.au/biology/resources/2250/bio_resources.html



Follow-up Activities

Local Examples of In-situ Conservation

Convention on Biological Biodiversity: Article 10




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