A glossary of definitions for terms relating to biodiversity, ecosystems services and conservation.
All definitions are referenced, where possible preference has been given to internationally recognised definitions (for example those defined by international conventions or agreements). The terms have been chosen to support understanding of biodiversity and conservation issues, and terms relating to biodiversity loss are complemented by those relating to conservation responses supported by international conservation organisations, governments, scientists and business sectors.
More detailed explanations are provided for a number of key terms, to provide further background information.
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Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention)
A subregional treaty to foster the sustainable development and the protection of the Carpathian region. It was signed in May 2003 by seven Carpathian States (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine) and entered into force in 2006.
Its biodiversity relevance is that it includes a Protocol on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians2 and a Protocol on Sustainable Forest Management to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians3.