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Missouri Botanical Garden joins convention on biological diversity consortium of scientific partners
Date:11/5/2010

(ST. LOUIS): On October 19, 2010 during the United Nations International Year of Biological Diversity, the Missouri Botanical Garden has signed a Memorandum of Understanding joining the Convention on Biological Diversity's Consortium of Scientific Partners. The Convention is an international legally binding treaty with three main goals: conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components, and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, by Ahmed Djoghlaf, executive secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden becomes the 12th member of the Consortium along with The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, The Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de France, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, The National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Mexican Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, The Museums nature de Montral, The Higashiyama Botanical Gardens, City of Nagoya, the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

"The Missouri Botanical Garden is delighted to join the Consortium of Scientific

Organizations of the Convention on Biological Diversity," said Wyse Jackson. "A partnership approach to building capacity for the conservation of biodiversity is essential if we are to achieve the challenging targets we face in the decades ahead. The Missouri Botanical Garden is fully committed to supporting biodiversity conservation worldwide and in particular to helping to achieve the objectives of the Convention's Global Stra
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Contact: Julie Bierach
julie.bierach@mobot.org
314-577-5141
Missouri Botanical Garden
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