National focal point to the Convention on biological diversity
Welcome to the website of the Belgian National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity
The Biodiversity Focal Point is Belgium’s link to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This international agreement emphasizes the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Each of the participating parties (193 in 2011) has designated a focal point, that also serves as information centre.
The Focal Point makes sure that the Convention is respected in and by Belgium. Because our country is no stranger to biodiversity: there are an estimated 35,000 animal species and 18,500 species of plant, algae, and fungi to be found here! The Focal Point also cooperates with other countries, maintains ties with the CBD Secretariat and informs the general public.
That is why communication on biodiversity is of the Focal Point’s tasks. Through all kinds of publications, media activities, conferences, training courses and the “I give life to my planet”-campaign, the Focal Point wants to make clear that biodiversity is important to everyone. Because we can only halt biodiversity loss by working together!
The Biodiversity Focal Point is located in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS). This is the perfect location to encourage cooperation between science and policy.
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