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Convention on Biological Diversity

Article 1. Objectives: The objectives of this Convention, to be pursued in accordance with its relevant provisions, are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and 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.

I have added a few links the the sustainable-use group page which are relevant to the study of this issue. The links are listed below for those interested:

- Sustainable Use of Biodiversity -

- Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines (14 Principles):

- COP 7 Decision VII/12 on Sustainable Use (Article 10):

- COP 6 Decision VI/13 on Sustainable use:

- COP 5 Decision V/24 (Sust. use as a cross-cutting issue:

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