for Tread Softly background briefings on Biodiversity

Campaign Groups

You can help save biodiversity– suggestions from WWF

Greenpeace International

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Conservation International

Friends of the Earth International

Convention on Biological Diversity

Convention on Biological Diversity – UN site

Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets (pdf file)

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

Guide and Glossary to CBD from SciDev


The IUCN Red List of threatened species

The ten most biodiverse countries in the world from Mongabay

Living Blue Planet Report 2015, from WWF and ZSL

Conservation of Biodiversity

Protected Planet – information on terrestrial and marine protected areas, updated monthly

Conservation Effectiveness – 7 investigative articles from Mongabay

Protected Planet Report 2016

Biosafety and Biopiracy

Gene sequences and biopiracy: Protecting benefit-sharing as synthetic biology changes access to genetic resources – from Third World Network

Aided by genomic technologies, the patent pillage of Andean tomato diversity continues, from Third World Network

GM Contamination Register from Greenpeace and GeneWatch UK

Patent grab threatens biodiversity and food sovereignty in Africa – feature from Pambazuka


The state of the market for ecosystem services, from Mongabay

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – Challenges and Responses

Global Environment Facility

Payments for Ecosystem Services – a best practice guide from UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs


The Nine Planetary Boundaries, from Stockholm Resilience Centre

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

A Rosetta Stone for Nature’s Benefits to People The IPBES Conceptual Framework

more Biodiversity briefings
The Anthropocene
Importance of Biodiversity
Biodiversity Loss and Planetary Boundaries
Causes of Biodiversity Loss
Climate Change and Biodiversity
Conservation of Biodiversity
Solutions to Biodiversity Loss
Sustainable Development Goals for Biodiversity
Biodiversity Finance and Economics
Biodiversity Access and Benefit-Sharing