The full text of the CBD can be found on https://www.cbd.int/. The provisions of the CBD can be categorised into a number of groups for convenience. These include the following:
A. Rights of Contracting Party States
- Sovereign rights to exploit their resources in line with their own environmental policies, laws etc.
B. Responsibilities / Obligations of Contracting Party States
- Responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction
- Development of measures for national implementation of the Convention through strategies, action plans and/or programmes and further ensuring that these are integrated into sectoral and cross-sectoral planning and also mainstreamed into national planning processes.
- Periodic reporting on the implementation of the Convention.
- Promoting public awareness and education on issues related to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
C. Measures for Biodiversity Conservation
- Identification and monitoring
- Identification and monitoring components of biological diversity that are important for conservation and sustainable use
- Identification and monitoring processes and activities that are likely to have adverse impacts on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
- Maintenance of databases of information on important components and processes and activities that are likely to have an impact on biological diversity
- Facilitation and support for in-situ conservation of biological diversity by:
- Establishing a system of protected areas
- Regulation and management of biological resources both within and outside protected areas,
- Protection of ecosystems, rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems
- Facilitating safe use of biotechnology
- Maintenance and preservation of knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.
- Ex-situ conservation
- Adoption of measures for ex-situ conservation mainly within the country of origin,
- Recovery and reintroduction of threatened species into their natural habitat,
- Regulation and management of collections of biological resources for ex-situ conservation,
- Sustainable Use of Components of Biological Diversity