The Convention on Biological Diversity has a new web site, improving access to information about the convention, its bodies, mechanisms, parties and national focal points. The Convention, adopted in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, promotes conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components, and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Government of Botswana ratified the convention in 1995.
The Conference of the Parties' thematic programmes of work include agricultural, drylands, forest and inland waters biodiversity, and address crosscutting issues such as traditional knowledge, tourism, climate change, ecosystems, plant conservation, invasive species and protected areas. Links to biodiversity indicators and public awareness guidelines make the new site a practical and most useful resource.