Terms and Conditions of Use


The use of this web site constitutes agreement with the following terms and conditions:

The Secretariat of the COHAB Initiative (the "Secretariat") provides and maintains this web site as a courtesy to those who may choose to access the website ("Users"). The information presented herein is for information purposes only. The COHAB Initiative Secretariat grants permission to Users to visit the web site and to download and copy the information, documents and materials (collectively, "Materials") from the Site for the User's personal, non-commercial use, without any right to resell or redistribute them or to compile or create derivative works therefrom, subject to the terms and conditions outlined below, and also subject to more specific restrictions that may apply to specific Material within this Site.

The Secretariat administers this web site. All Material on this web site from the Secretariat appears subject to these Terms and Conditions.

Unless expressly stated otherwise, the findings, interpretations, conclusions and opinions expressed in the Materials on this web site are those of the various staff members, consultants and advisers of the Secretariat who prepared the work, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Secretariat, its Partners, Steering Committee, Advisory Panel or other affiliates.

The Secretariat is in no way liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of this website, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto. The use of this website is at the user's sole risk. Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, shall the Secretariat, its Partners, Steering Committee, Advisory Panel or other affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, even if the Secretariat has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Users of this website specifically acknowledge and agree that the Secretariat is not liable for any conduct of any user.

This site may contain advice, opinions and statements of various information providers. The Secretariat does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by any information provider, any User of this Site or any other person or entity. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement, or other information shall also be at the User's own risk.

Neither the Secretariat nor its affiliates, nor any of their respective agents, employees, information providers or content providers, shall be liable to any User or anyone else for any inaccuracy. Error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, alteration of or use of any content herein, or for its timeliness or completeness, nor shall they be liable for any failure of performance, computer virus or communication line failure, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting therefrom.

As a condition of use of this web site, users agree to indemnify the Secretariat and its Partners, Steering Committee, Advisory Panel or other affiliates from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable legal fees) arising out of their use of this website, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by the user of these Terms and Conditions. If the User is dissatisfied with any Material on this web site or with any of its Terms and Conditions of Use, the User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the web site.

Please note that the Secretariat is in no way responsible for the content or availability of any third-party materials, web sites, announcements, blogs etc listed on this web site. Information on these resources is provided only as a service to those wishing to learn about the links between biodiversity and health, to keep abreast of research, or to identify other individuals or organisations involved in the issues.

The inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the Secretariat. If this web site contains bulletin boards, chat rooms, access to mailing lists or other message or communication facilities (collectively, "Forums"), the User agrees to use the Forums only to send and receive messages and materials that are proper and related to the particular Forum. By way of example and not as a limitation, the User agrees that when using a Forum he or she shall not do any of the following:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
  • Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information;
  • Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy and publicity) unless the User owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all consents therefore as may be required by law;
  • Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer;
  • Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded;
  • Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
  • Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests or chain letters, or download any file posted by another user of a Forum that the User knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.

As far as is possible the Secretariat will ensure that the information resources listed on the web site are comprehensive, and relevant to the goals and remit of the Initiative. Users are free to suggest additions to web site content; all such content submissions will be screened by the Secretariat. The Secretariat reserves the right to discontinue this web site, or to remove, or to refuse to include, any information or any Material, for any reason and at any time, at its sole discretion, and in such an event is under no obligation to notify any User or the copyright holder of any Materials. The Secretariat has a general policy that the web site will not include information on specific campaigns - political, public or personal - unless the Secretariat believes that they have specific relevance to science or international policy on ecosystems and human well-being.

The Secretariat shall have no obligation to take the needs of any User into consideration in connection therewith. The Secretariat reserves the right to deny in its sole discretion any user access to this web site or any portion thereof without notice. No waiver by the Secretariat of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall be binding except as set forth in writing and signed by its duly authorized representative.

If you notice a pressing issue with any aspect of the web site or the material listed therein, we request that you please contact the webmaster at webmaster@cohabnet.org.


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