q Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

The Convention on Biological Diversity (
CBD) was first signed at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. There are 180 signatories to the Convention today, compromising to carry out action to protect local and global biodiversity. For this reason the conferences of the parties are called COPs.

The eighth Conference took place in Curitiba, Paraná state, Brazil, from March 21st to 30th, 2006. The priority themes covered were:
- Access and benefit sharing
- island biodiversity.

The theme of invasive alien species has been
The Global Invasive Species Programme (www.gisp.org) acts as the focal point and clearing house of the Convention on Biological Diversity for invasive alien species. This means that all discussions on invasive species should pass through GISP and that it has a strong role in making Convention discussions progress and in helping countries to implement the guidelines agreed to at the conferences of the parties.
strongly debated in former meetings. It surfaced at COP 8 as a preparatory issue for COP 9, when it will again be one of the priority topics.

Read Article 8h, which covers invasive alien species in the Convention and urges countries to “prevent the introduction of, control or eradicate alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species”.

Read Decision VI/23, which provides guidelines to countries for the prevention, eradication and control of invasive alien species.

Read the report of the subsidiary body on scientific, technical and technological advice on the work of its eleventh meeting - (PDF, 184 Kb).

The book entitled South America Invaded was published by the Global Invasive
qq Species Programme (GISP) in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and was launched at COP 8. The book covers invasive alien species already present in one or more countries of the South American continent, some of them common in many of them. It was written to provide a broad vision and general information on biological invasions at the continental level and brings examples of several biological groups (Portuguese). The date when the book will be launched will be released soon.

Read the Preface of the book, by Dr. Silvia Ziller, Founder and Executive Director of the Horus Institute, Coordinator of the South America Invasive Species Programme of The Nature Conservancy and Board Member of the Global Invasive Species Programme.

Read the scientific introduction on invasive alien species, by Prof. Sergio Zalba, Universidad del Sur, Argentina.

If you wish to read more, go to the
Convention of Biological Diversity website.