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Can a treaty concerning all of life on Earth make a practical difference to scientists?

As countries implement the work programmes of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), apply its guidelines, and execute national strategies, its influence on science is likely to grow. CBD-compliant national laws and policies already set priorities for research and affect the way in which scientists can access and use genetic resources.

Scientists and scientific organisations are urged to weigh in when the Conference of the Parties to the CBD meets in The Hague on 7 April to discuss conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity.

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Reference: Science: 295, 2371

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