Library and Documentation

The publication and dissemination of documentation are one of the important functions of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This page is a compilation of CBD as well as external resources related to biodiversity.

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Global Biodiversity Outlook Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO5), is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Now in its fifth edition (GBO-5), the report provides a final assessment of progress towards the 20 global biodiversity targets agreed in 2010 (the Aichi Biodiversity Targets). It also identifies necessary transitions to reach the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity and sets out the evidence base for the development of an ambitious and transformative post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Handbook This Handbook is intended as a reference guide to decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP) as well as a guide to ongoing activities in relation to particular Articles and/or cross-cutting issues of the Convention.

Technical Series The goal of the CBD Technical Series is to contribute to the dissemination of up-to-date and accurate information on selected topics that are important for the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the equitable sharing of its benefits.

Good Practice Guides The Good Practice Guide series presents policy considerations, management tools, market-based instruments, and capacity-building methods that support biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction in a number of different development sectors. Each guide in the series is composed of a booklet and accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

UNEP/CBD Issue Papers The UNEP/CBD issue paper series explores the interconnections between biodiversity and climate change. The series was designed for decision-makers, who need a quick grasp of the science and some suggested solutions.

Principles, Guidelines and Other Tools (with translations) This page lists some Principles, Guidelines and other tools developed under the Convention. All are available in the six official United Nations Languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian).

Booklets and Brochures The Booklets and Brochures are organized in two categories, Thematic Areas and Cross-Cutting Issues.

Newsletters Newsletters published by the Secretariat : Business.2010, Satoyama and Biosafety Protocol News.

Case-studies The SCBD has compiled a list of Case Studies which can be searched by topic area, country and organization.
Documents The SCBD has compiled a list of Documents which can be searched by thematic area, meeting, keywords and language.
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Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) is an international public-private consortium coordinated by UNEP, Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enabling developing countries to gain free access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science literature.

Conserve Online
ConserveOnline is a meeting place for the conservation community, open to anyone who wants to find or share information relevant to conservation science and practice. The Nature Conservancy created and maintains ConserveOnline in collaboration with many partners.

Global Environment Outlook 4

ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook 2