The U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity records an international consensus on the importance of animal, plant, and microbial species, and ecosystems to the integrity and sustainability of the biosphere and human society. It recognizes the need for all nations to participate in the effort to preserve biological diversity and reaffirms the sovereignty of nations over their unique biological resources. It also contains provisions that give all nations access to the financial and technological resources for conserving biological diversity while allowing them to share in the benefits to be derived from its sustainable use. The Convention, while not explicitly discussing domestic livestock, has profound implications for its global conservation, management, and use.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 21. Gene mapping; polymorphisms; disease genetic markers; marker assisted selection; gene expression; transgenes; non-convention, , 470–474, 1994
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