We help 196 nations make good on their commitments to protect nature.
For centuries, human beings regarded other species primarily as a resource. On June 5, 1992, that changed.
At a United Nations summit in Rio de Janeiro, the leaders of more than 100 nations gathered to pass a legally binding treaty called the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
In its preamble, the CBD upholds “the intrinsic value of biological diversity and the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic values of biological diversity.
Having this treaty on the books isn’t just cause for hope—it’s cause for action. Participating in CBD allows us to challenge prevailing wisdom that animal welfare is not a part of the conservation agenda and show how protecting animals and the natural world is critical for human progress.
We’ve advised on biodiversity issues ranging from climate change to invasive species, ecotourism to wildlife trade. We’ve called out nations that view wildlife just as an economic resource, and we’ve assisted signatories to raise public awareness about the importance of nature conservation.
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