The Convention on Biological Diversity

The ornamental fish industry deals in more than 3,000 species and probably relies on a wider range of biodiversity than any other industry.

Unlike CITES which deals in the international trade of a relatively few aquatic species, The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) deals with all issues relating to biodiversity and the impacts on it.

Formed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1991, the CBD addresses three major objectives:

  • Conservation of biological diversity
  • Sustainable use of its components
  • Fair and equitable sharing arising from the utilization of genetic resources

Discussions in the CBD absolutely form the basis for wide-ranging discussions globally and are often the foundation for legislative changes in all signatory countries.  OATA closely monitors, actively engages and participates where appropriate, and follows discussions down the chain as legislative changes are proposed both regionally and nationally.  Though those changes seem remote, it is exactly those changes which determine what retailers are able to sell, how and under what conditions.

For additional information, OATA produced this dedicated booklet OATA CBD Booklet for presentation at the CBD sub-meeting in Canada 2011.

Three years progress CBD report 2014 front coverIn 2014 OATA joined colleagues from PIJAC Canada and PIJAC USA at the Montreal meeting and took along an update on the latest initiatives from the industry. You can find the 2014 Three years progress report here.