United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The objective of the UNFCCC (or Paris Agreement) is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. It aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.Read more

Convention on Migratory Species

The Convention on Migratory Species aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It works on the premise that the conservation and effective management of migratory species of wild animals requires the concerted action of all States within the national jurisdictional boundaries of which species spend any part of their life cycle. All but one of the UK's OTs have been included in the UK's ratification of this Multilateral Environment Agreement.Read more

Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species

CITES is an international treaty with the aim of preventing species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. Under this treaty, countries work together to regulate the international trade of animal and plant species and ensure that this trade is sustainable and not detrimental to the survival of wild populations. 13 of the UK's OTs have been included in the UK's ratification of this Multilateral Environment Agreement.Read more

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources, including the designation of Wetlands of International Importance ("Ramsar Sites"). In 2006, UKOTCF published a review for, and with, UK & UKOT/CD governments of actial and potential Ramsar Sites.Read more

Convention on Biological Diversity

The CBD has 3 main goals: the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources. It recognises that biodiversity is not simply about animals, plants and their ecosystems, but also includes people and their resources needs, including that of a clean and healthy environment in which to live. 9 of the UK's OTs have so far been included in the UK's ratification of this Multilateral Environment Agreement.Read more