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TRAFFIC and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)


TRAFFIC news items relating to the CBD

Agenda items TRAFFIC is following at CoP11

The promotion of international co-operation, providing advice and recommendations, along with action at the national level are among TRAFFIC’s top priorities to address wildlife trade issues; these priorities cut across all parts of our conservation programme and align closely with the aims of international Conventions, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

For many years, TRAFFIC has provided expert advice, information and assistance towards decision-makers in support of the further development and implementation of the CBD, along with other Multilateral Environmental Agreements like CITES.

The CBD’s objectives are:
•    The conservation of biological diversity;
•    The sustainable use of its components;
•    The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights over those resources and to technologies, and by appropriate funding.

TRAFFIC’s work typically focuses on specific Programmes of Work of the CBD, and our experts normally attend official CBD meetings, including Conferences of the Parties (CoPs), Meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), as well as specific Working Groups (WG) and Liaison Groups (LG) of the Convention.

TRAFFIC also advises the CBD’s National Focal Points – people or institutions designated by a government to represent the Party between CoPs in its routine dealings with the CBD Secretariat, and has provided expert support towards National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) — the principal instruments for implementing the Convention at the national level.

TRAFFIC has also provided input during the process of revising the CBD’s current Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Just ahead of CBD CoP10 in Nagoya, Japan, TRAFFIC was invited by the CBD Secretariat to become a Party to the “Memorandum of Cooperation between international Agencies, Organisations and Conventions and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 – 2020 and the Achievement of the 2020 Aichi Targets.”


Relevant areas of TRAFFIC's programme to the CBD

TRAFFIC's programme is designed to address specific issues related to the CBD, in particular in relation to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Over-exploitation of wild animals and plants for trade is the second biggest threat to biodiversity after habitat destruction. It also threatens the livelihoods of people who depend on wild resources, particularly the rural poor. TRAFFIC’s programme is designed to address such issues, in line with achieving the aims of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.


People worldwide rely on wild plant species as a source of food, income, medicine, construction materials, ornamentation and other products. TRAFFIC has provided input to the CBD’s Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GPSC) and also helped develop the FairWild Standard to support efforts to ensure wild plants are managed, harvested and traded sustainably.

Worldwide many people, often the rural poor, rely on wild gamemeat as a vital source of nourishment. TRAFFIC has provided input into the CBD’s Liaison Group on Bushmeat, which aims to ensure fair and equitable access to wild meat resources, while also securing the sustainability of such supplies—to benefit people and protect biodiversity.


In the field of applied taxonomy, more capacity building is needed for field identification of flora and fauna to support conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. TRAFFIC has produced a number of species identification sheets and run workshops to support capacity building measures, and has built up a significant body of expertise and knowledge on this issue. TRAFFIC warmly welcomes the Revised Draft Capacity–Building Strategy for the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) that stemmed from SBSTTA-15 & SBSTTA-16.

TRAFFIC has also contributed to the Global Biodiversity Outlook, and is a partner of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP), a global initiative to further develop and promote indicators for the consistent monitoring and assessment of biodiversity.


CoP 11, Hyderabad, India, 8-19 October 2012

During the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CoP11), TRAFFIC will be focusing specifically on the following agenda items:

TRAFFIC will be hosting a number of side events, including:

Sharing experiences: Opportunities to Implement the Recommendations on Bushmeat. Side event 2795. Tuesday 9th October 2012 at 13:15 - 14:45 (light lunch & refreshments will be served). Room 2.02 - Level 2.

Towards the delivery of Aichi Targets 4 and 6 through the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation: Sustainable Use of Wild Plant Resources. Side-event 2846. Friday 12th October 2012 at 18:15 - 19:45. (light dinner & refreshments will be served). Room 1.09 - Level 1.

‘Going wise’: Mutual benefits for plant-based businesses and national policy-makers in sustainable use of wild plants. Side-event 2847. Wednesday 17th October 2012 at 18:15 - 19:45. (light dinner & refreshments will be served). Room 2-HITEX 1-Ground Level.

Furthermore, TRAFFIC is also speaking, or providing input into a number of other key side events, including:

  • Biodiversity and Community Health: Operationalizing Linkages between Conservation and Developmenton the Ground, organised and coordinated by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Side-event 2714. Tuesday 9th October 2012 at 18:15 – 19:45 (Light refreshments will be served). Room G.05 - Ground level. A partners’ discussion paper is provided for this side-event. A news update and a webcast of the event.


TRAFFIC news items relating to the Convention

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There are currently (October 2012) 193 Parties to CBD



Relevant Publications

TRAFFIC freely distributes a large number of reports into various aspects of the wildlife trade, many of which have direct relevance to achieving the CBD's aspirations. Most of these reports can be downloaded as PDFs from the TRAFFIC website.

You can also download and browse specific publications catalogues—on Development (PDF, 2.9 MB), Medicinal Plants (PDF, 2.6 MB), Fisheries (PDF, 3.5 MB), Wild Meat (PDF, 3.1 MB), Timber (PDF, 2.5 MB) and Protected Areas (PDF, 2.3 MB) and a General catalogue (PDF, 3 MB).

NOTE: Some publications appear in more than one category