March 15, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 6)
Strong Points: Documents, news
Weak Points: A lot of boring miscellany
The Convention on Biological Diversity website derives from a document signed by 150 world leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Dedicated to promoting sustainable development, the organization recognizes that biodiversity includes not only the plants, animals, and microorganisms of ecosystems, but also the people and their needs for food and the basics of life. The site provides mostly an overview of official documents, but it also has informative news items on a regular basis. Its online report of the Year in Review for 2006 is attractively designed and easily accessible. Other features include a listing of job opportunities, an outstanding press room with news from all over the world, and a video produced in 2006. The meat is a little hard to pick off of the bones here, but it is worth the time and effort.