We've all heard about the Convention on Biological Biodiversity (the CBD), and it sounds super fancy, but what is it really? I could tell you that it was born out of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and officially came into being in 1993. I could tell you that it's building blocks were starting to be put into place in 1987- maybe even further back in 1972. At the end of the day however, to understand what the CBD is, all you need is one word: Treaty. The CBD is an international UN treaty tasked with creating national strategies that conserve biodiversity, promote the sustainable use of biodiversity, and share, in a fair and equitable way, the benefits that arise from genetic resources. Like I said though, it's a treaty- the CBD is an international treaty concerned with biological diversity.
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