Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate and utilization of natural resources puts a pressure on biodiversity at both the genetic, species and ecosystem level.
The work to reduce pressure on biodiversity is anchored in The Convention on Biological Diversity1 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in goal 14 (Life Below Water) and goal 15 (Life on Land).
We support the three goals of the Convention of the Biological Diversity which is conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of biodiversity and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
We recognise that biological diversity is a global asset of high value to present and future generations. We support the Cartagena Protocol which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms and the framework for utilization of natural resources described in the Nagoya Protocol.
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