Species Survival Commission

Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation

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IUCN SSC Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation TF Chair:
Kent H. Redford

In 2016 IUCN Members adopted Resolution 6.086 titled “Development of IUCN policy on biodiversity conservation and synthetic biology”, to examine the impacts of the production and use of the products resulting from synthetic biology on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, to recommend how IUCN could engage in ongoing discussions and deliberations with the synthetic biology community and to develop guidance on the topic.

The IUCN SSC Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation Task Force undertake a series of activities, divided into three parts: a broad scientific and policy assessment, engagement activities with the IUCN Members through the Regional Conservation Forums complemented by consultations with international institutions and processes that are currently grappling with synthetic biology issues, and the development of an IUCN policy. 

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