The Handbook of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted: 11 January 2002

Author: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity,
Earthscan, London, 2001, £24.95

This is the official publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It provides and authoritative analysis of its work in attempting to safeguard the world's biological resources.

It contains the full texts of the Convention, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the decisions of the Conference of the Parties from 1994 to 2000. It presents all the most important information about the Convention and the Protocol, including a description of the background to the Convention and its institutional arrangements, a guide to the decisions adopted and a guide to ongoing activities in relation to particular Articles and thematic areas.

Two indexes allow users to search for key terms and for particular Articles, decisions and recommendations.

The book also includes a free CD-Rom containing further background documents and primary data - a huge resource bank.