The Convention on Biological Diversity
Local examples of the implementation of Article 8
Endangered species
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Introduction | The Process and Resources | Conclusion |

Introduction

In the early 1990s, the United Nations Environment Programme initiated The Convention on Biological Diversity. Australia was one of the first countries to accept the Convention (1992). Since then, the Australian government has adopted many recovery plans for threatened species and threatened ecological communities.

In this WebSheet, you will investigate the recovery plan for one threatened species.


Task and resources

Select one of the following organisms (or group of organisms) to investigate and on which to prepare a report. Alternatively you may select one of the other endangered species found in the list of Recovery Plans Adopted under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 from the Department of the Environment and Heritage. Content to consider when constructing your report:

Here are some Australian examples of how Article 8 of the Convention for Biological Diversity is being implemented:
  1. Wollemi Pine
  2. Great White Shark
  3. Marine Turtles
  4. Hairy-nosed Wombats (Northern and Southern)
  5. Mahogany glider
  6. Dugong
  7. Frogs
  8. Giant Dragonfly
  9. Wedge Tailed Eagle
  10. Bathurst Copper Butterfly
  11. Burrowing Crayfish
  12. Nielsen Park She Oak
  13. Spotted Handfish
  14. Fur Seal and Elephant Seal
  15. Mallee Fowl

General Resources

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

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

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

Protected Marine Species Identification Guide - from Fish SA
http://www.fishsa.com/SARFAC-ProtectedMarineSpecies-FINAL.pdf

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



Conclusion

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

Convention on Biological Biodiversity: Article 8

Convention on Biological Biodiversity: Article 10




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