A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



International  agreements

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD or “Biodiversity Convention,” Rio de Janiero, 1992)

     · History of the Convention

     · Peace & Biodiversity Dialogue Initiative

     · Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI)

     · Preparations for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES, 1973)

Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971)

World Charter for Nature (UNGA, 1982)

International negotiating blocks

High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

     · " intergovernmental group of more than 45 countries co-chaired by Costa Rica and France

          and by the United Kingdom as Ocean co-chair, championing a global deal for nature and people

          that can halt the accelerating loss of species, and protect vital ecosystems that are the source of

          our economic security."

International organizations

     · Biodiversity-related UN agencies and programs are highlighted at the main UN page.

G7 Alliance on Nature Positive Economies

     · "In the G7 2030 Nature Compact, an annex to the communiqué at the G7 Summit in 2021, a

       commitment was made to a global mission to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and

       to become “Nature Positive”. Promoting investments in nature and nature-positive economies

       was manifested as one of its pillars. Realizing Nature Positive Economies requires a transition

       to an economy and society where nature is mainstreamed and its diverse values are incorporated

       and enhanced. To this end, “the G7 Alliance on Nature Positive Economies (G7ANPE)” was

       established at G7 Sapporo, as a forum to share knowledge and create information networks on

       the nature positive economy."

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

     · Established 1992

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

     · Established 2012

International Council on Monuments & Sites (ICOMOS)

     US National Committee for ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS)

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

     · Defunct 2015; unuptated website accessible.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

    · See extensive listing of IUCN components at Hybrid governmental-nongovernmental IOs

Panorama: Inspiring Protected Area Solutions

World Bank

     Global Wildlife Program

World Organization for Animal Health (OIC)

International initiatives, networks & social movements


     · “BIODEV2030 is an experimental approach implemented in 16 pilot countries with multiple

       socioeconomic, environmental and geographic contexts. It aims to provide the governments

       of each country with the means to identify and lead, along with the private sector and civil

       society, profound changes in those sectors of the economy with a strategic impact on

       development and on the biodiversity of the country.”

Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN)

CBD Alliance

Connect Project

     · A project of GEF, UNEP, UNEP-WCMC, and the governments of Ghana, Mozambique, and Uganda.

     · GEF project page

Data Reporting Tool for MEAs (DaRT)

     · “...provides private and secure national working spaces for Parties to effectively use synergies in the

       field of knowledge and information management for national reporting to biodiversity-related



     2021 Nature Compact

Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN)

Global Biodiversity Forum

     · Defunct; no website.

ICCF Group

     International Conservation Caucus Foundation

     International Conservation Corp

International Biodiversity Observation Year (2001-2)

International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)

Poverty and Conservation Learning Group

Reverse the Red

Governmental agencies

International Office @ US Fish & Wildlife Service

Private sector initiatives

Business for Nature

     · “a global coalition that brings together business and conservation organizations and forward-

       thinking companies. Together, we demonstrate and amplify a credible business voice on nature

       calling for governments to adopt policies to reverse nature loss in this decade. We work with

       more than 70 international and national partners and a diverse group of businesses from all

       sectors, sizes and geographies. We encourage companies to commit and act to reverse nature

       loss, and advocate for greater policy ambition.”


Although the term biodiplomacy has been used in different contexts with multiple diverging definitions,

     here it is roughly defined as “international cooperation for biodiversity conservation.”

Contents of this page:

     · International agreements

       · International negotiating blocks

         · International organizations

           · International initiatives, networks & social movements

             · Governmental agencies

               · Private sector initiatives

While information on biodiplomacy is disbursed throughout the biodiversity pages, key resources


          · Migratory species page

            · Bioprospecting page

As there are many regional international institutions and initiatives for biodiversity conservation, also

     see the Continental geography & transboundary regions hub.  

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