At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development. One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The Convention on Biological Diversity provides an adequate framework to address the negative impacts of human-induced fires on tropical, temperate, and boreal forest biological diversity.
In all documents the envisaged role of the GFMC is described. The GFMC is working closely with the CBD Secretariat on procedures for cooperation.
CBD at the International Wildland Fire Summit
At the International Wildland Fire Summit Fire Management and Sustainable Development: Strengthening international cooperation to reduce the negative impacts of wildfires on humanity and the global environment (Sydney, Australia, 8 October 2003) the Executive Secretary of CBD delivered the following statement: