Embracing biodiversity

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Regulations to protect biodiversity need clarification to ensure compliance and maintain the pace of research. Sanjit Kaur Batra explains

There is little disputing the fact that conserving the millions of distinctive life forms on earth and preserving the biological diversity around us is vital for the welfare and the survival of humankind.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed by 150 government leaders during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, describes biological diversity as “the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are a part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems”.

Protecting diversity

Efforts being made to maintain the diversity among living organisms, or biodiversity for short, aim to curtail the alarming rate at which biological resources are being exploited. Such efforts have included international agreements as well as national frameworks for ensuring the protection of biodiversity, sustainable use of biological resources, and the fair and equitable sharing of their benefits.

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Sanjit Kaur Batra is a senior counsel and legal manager at Dupont India.