Sustaible Forest Management. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a global agreement that addresses biodiversity, and has 192 Parties today. It was established in 1992, with three main objectives:
1. the conservation of biodiversity;
2. the sustainable use of its components; and
3. fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.
The Secretariat of the CBD (SCBD) was established to support the goals of the Convention. Its principle functions are to prepare and service meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) and other subsidiary bodies of the Convention, support Parties as appropriate, and coordinate with other relevant international bodies. The SCBD established the Biodiversity for Development Unit in 2008 with the support of the French and German governments. The goal of the Unit is to promote the integration of biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation objectives in both conservation planning (e.g. National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans) and development planning (e.g. Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers or Sustainable Development Strategies).
Acknowledgements: This guide was developed with funding support from the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Institutional support has been provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Series concept and management by Eric Belvaux (SCBD); publication concept and text by Tim Christophersen (SCBD); project coordination, text, and layout by Christopher Hogan (SCBD). The SCBD wishes to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to this publication: Gill Shepherd and Stewart Maginnis of IUCN; Vanessa Meadu and Delicia Pino of ICRAF; and Valérie Normand, Linda Ghanimé, Sonia Gautreau and Caroline Bélair of SCBD.
The SCBD acknowledges that parts of this guide are based on the IUCN/ITTO Guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical timber production forests, and other publications by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).