Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It is essential for sustaining the natural living systems and ecosystems that provide us with food, fuel, health, wealth, and other vital services. We are all part of this biodiversity too and have the power to protect or destroy it.
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international treaty adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. It now has 192 signatories. Scotland as part of the UK has an international obligation to conserve and protect biodiversity.
More information about biodiversity, our obligation to conserve biodiversity under the CBD and the measures being taken in Scotland can be found on the websites of the Scottish Biodiversity Forum.