Join forces to share biological resources equitably
Suneetha Subramanian and Govindan Parayil, UNU-IAS
SciDev.Net, 4 March 2011

In this article, Suneetha Subramanian and Govindan Parayil from UNU-IAS highlight that the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing shows the desire of all stakeholders for agreed ground rules. However, they note that moving towards effective implementation will not be an easy task: stakeholders must have a clear and uniform understanding of their rights, responsibilities and obligations under the protocol; and countries must ensure that appropriate and adequate policies are drawn up, complemented by regulations that can be implemented effectively. For example, prior informed consent permits issued by indigenous and local communities for the use of biological resources must be recognized by biodiversity and intellectual property laws. To mitigate conflicts about who has the rights to benefits from biological resources, mechanisms for transboundary cooperation must be explored and actively pursued. For example, the Bangladesh Draft Biodiversity law specifies that Bangladesh would enter into a cooperative alliance with any country that shares the same resources or traditional knowledge. Read the article …