The National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) is a permanent interdepartmental commission, created in 1992. The President of the commission is the head of the Federal Executive, C. Enrique Peña Nieto. The Technical Secretary is the head of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), C. Juan José Guerra Abud and the heads of the following secretariats also participate: Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Social Development (SEDESOL), Economy (SE), Public Education (SEP), Energy (Sener), Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Foreign Affairs (SRE), Health (SSA) and Tourism (Sectur).
CONABIO performs its functions via an operative group that, since its inception, has been led by Dr. José Sarukhán Kermez as National Coordinator.
The mission of CONABIO is to promote, coordinate, support and carry out activities aimed at increasing awareness of biodiversity and its conservation and sustainable use for the benefit of society. CONABIO was conceived as an applied research organization, sponsoring basic research that generates and compiles information regarding biodiversity, developing capacity in the area of biodiversity informatics, and to act as a publicly accessible source of information and knowledge.
Is an institution that generates information on our natural capital; it is a bridge between academia, government and society that promotes the conservation and management of biodiversity, based on actions taken by local populations. Such local actions must always be a central factor in this process.
Among the main functions of CONABIO are to implement and operate the National Information System on Biodiversity (NISB), as required by article 80, section V of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection. CONABIO provides data, information and advice to various users and implements the national and global biodiversity information networks, complying with international commitments on biodiversity entered into by Mexico, and carries out actions directed towards conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Mexico.
PCAST highlighted in its annual report to President Barack Obama, the United States need to create an institute similar to CONABIO. Report to the president sustaining environmental capital: protecting society and the economy.
CONABIO 20 years A journey through the knowledge of our natural wealth