Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: Equitable Partnerships in Practice

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Sarah A Laird
Routledge, Sep 23, 2010 - Nature - 504 pages
Biodiversity research and prospecting are long-standing activities taking place in a new legal and ethical environment. Following entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1993, and other recent policy developments, expectations and obligations for research and prospecting partnerships have changed. However, to date there are few guides to integrating these concepts with practice. This book offers practical guidance on how to arrive at equitable biodiversity research and prospecting partnerships. Drawing on experience and lessons learned from around the world, it provides case studies, analysis and recommendations in a range of areas that together form a new framework for creating equity in these partnerships. They include researcher codes of ethics, institutional policies, community research agreements, the design of more effective commercial partnerships and biodiversity prospecting contracts, the drafting and implementation of national 'access and benefit-sharing' laws, and institutional tools for the distribution of financial benefits. As part of the People and Plants initiative to enhance the role of communities in efforts to conserve biodiversity and use natural resources sustainably, Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge will be invaluable to students, researchers and local communities, academic institutions, international agencies, government bodies and companies involved in biodiversity research, prospecting and conservation.

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Contents

Biodiversity research relationships
2
Biodiversity research and prospecting in protected areas
125
Community relationships with researchers
177
The commercial use of biodiversity and traditional knowledge
239
National policy context
360
Conclusions and recommendations
415
Directory of useful contacts and resources
430
Contributors contact information
443
Acronyms and abbreviations
447
Glossary
454
References
461
Index
489
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