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Biological diversity


'In-situ conservation' means the conservation of ecosystems and natural habitats and the maintenance and recovery of viable populations of species in their natural surroundings and, in the case of domesticated or cultivated species, in the surroundings where they have developed their distinctive properties. (Source: CBD, Art. 2)

Conservation occuring in the natural or normal place. (Source: GEMET/KOREN); within the natural range of a species. (Source: CITES)


Alternative labels:
on-site conservation

In other languages

conservation in situ
сохранение in-situ
conservación in situ
الحفظ في الموقع

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with in-situ conservation

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with in-situ conservation. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Convention on Migratory Species
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Specially Protected Areas and Biodiversity Protocol


Video - Introduction to the International Treaty on PGRFA

Case Study - In situ conservation - Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean