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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Horizon scanning, monitoring and assessing for synthetic biology
“In the context of decision 14.19 , horizon scanning, monitoring and assessing of the most recent technological developments is a process for reviewing new information regarding the potential positive and potential negative impacts of synthetic biology vis-à-vis the three objectives of the Convention and those of the Cartagena Protocol and Nagoya Protocol agreed to by Parties under CBD/COP/DEC/14/19 1. Further, the process for broad and regular horizon scanning, monitoring and assessing is outlined in section A, appendix II of CBD/SBSTTA/24/4” 2.