In order to structure the work on its enormous spectrum, i.e. the whole biodiversity, the CBD developed work programmes. The thematic programmes deal with certain ecosystems while the cross-cutting issues are relevant for all types of ecosystems. The programmes state goals and recommend measures for the different topics and express research needs.
"Dry and Subhumids Land Biodiversity"
"Marine and Coastal Biodiversity"
"2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets"
"Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing"
"Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Pratices"
"Climate Change and Biodiversity"
"Economics, Trade and Incentive Measures"
"Global Strategy on Plant Conservation"
"Assessment, Monitoring and Indicatores"
"Communication, Education and Public Awareness"
"Sustainable Use of Biodiversity"
"Technologiy Transfer and Cooperation"
"Biodiversity for Development"