Stewardship and the Convention on Biological Diversity

“Nature is home, with the responsibilities for care and affection and aesthetic concern that the word implies”

J. Stan Rowe, famous Canadian Geographer and Forester

Human responsibility toward the natural world and obligations to future generations provide strong incentive for conservation. The sense of humans as stewards of the natural world is emphasized in the international Convention on Biological Diversity.

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The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was a landmark initiative adopted by most (168) of the world’s governments. It established commitments for maintaining the world's ecological health. The Convention has three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. One of the important new targets of the CBD is achieving a significant reduction in the current rate of loss of biological diversity by 2010.