Developing methods for conserving biological diversity
Developing methods for sustainable use of biological resources
The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity is one of the three objectives of the [Convention on Biological Diversity]. For the purposes of the Convention, "sustainable use" means "the use of components of biological diversity in a way and at a rate that does not lead to the long- term decline of biological diversity, thereby maintaining its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations" (Article 2). This definition of sustainable use is consistent with the concept of sustainable development as elaborated in the [Rio Declaration on Environment and Development] and Agenda 21, whereby "sustainable development" meets the needs and aspirations of the current generations without compromising the ability to meet those of future generations. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without the sustainable use of the world's biological resources. The concept of sustainable use is grounded in Article 10 of the [Convention on Biological Diversity], on sustainable use of components of biological diversity, and in Article 6, on general measures for conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.
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