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Balakrishna Pisupati

Balakrishna PisupatiPosition at FNI: Senior Research Fellow

Academic background
   Ph.D. Genetics

Professional experience
   Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India (2011-2014)
   Chief - Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance Unit, UNEP-DELC, Kenya (2007-2011)
   Coordinator, Biodiplomacy Initiative, UNU-IAS, Japan (2005-2007)
   Head, Asia Regional Biodiversity Programme, IUCN, Sri Lanka (1999-2005)
   Head, Biodiveristy and Biotechnology Programme, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, India (1992-1998).

Main research interests
Biodiversity law and governance with special focus on development, management, implementation and community based empowerment

Major publications

Pisupati, Balakrishna, Protected Areas and ABS: Getting Most of the Two. FNI Report 4/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 13 p.

Pisupati, Balakrishna, Options and Approaches for Realizing Target 16 of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. FNI Report 3/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 22 p.

Prakash Nelliyat, Balakrishna Pisupati, 2014, Economic Valuation for Access and Benefit Sharing, NBA, India, 15p.

Prakash Nelliyat, Balakrishna Pisupati, 2014, Biodiversity Economics from Access and Benefit Sharing Perspectives, NBA, 42 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, 2013, Watering Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, NBA, 24p.

Thamizoli Perumal and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2012, Biodiversity and Livelihoods: Experiences from India, NBA, 120p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, 2012, Biodiversity Governance: Lessons for International Environmental Governance, NBA, 66p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, 2011, Connecting the Dots: Biodiversity, Adaptation, Food Security and Livelihoods, UNEP, 78 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, 2010, Technology Transfer and Cooperation under the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNEP,15 p.

Doris Shroeder and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2010, Ethics, Justice and the Convention on Biological Diversity, UNEP and UCLAN, 48 p.

M S Suneetha and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2010, Traditional Knowledge: Policy and Practice. UNU Press, Japan, 387 p.

David Leary and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2010, The Future of International Environmental Law, UNU Press, Japan, 396 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, Charlotte Boumal, Elizabeth M Mrema and Alphonse Kambu, 2009, Issues of Compliance: Considerations for the International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing, UNEP, 42 p.

M S Suneetha and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2009, Benefit Sharing Perspectives from Enterprising Communities, UNEP and UNU-IAS, 50 p.

M S Suneetha and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2009, Benefit Sharing in ABS: Options and Elaborations, UNEP and UNU-IAS, 31 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati and Renata Rubian, 2008, MDG on Reducing Biodiversity Loss and the CBD's 2010 Target, UNU-IAS, 37 p.

Balakrishna P, David Leary and Salvatore Arico, 2008, Access and Benefit Sharing - Issue related to marine genetic resources, Asian Biotechnology and Development Monitor, 10(3): 49-68.

Balakrishna P, 2007, Effective Implementation of NBSAPs Using Decentralized Approaches, UNU-IAS, 41p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, Suneetha M Subramanian and Sanjay Kumar, 2006, Benefit Sharing Guidelines for Implementation of the Biological Diversity Act of India, Asian Biotechnology and Development Monitor 11(2): 55-88.

Chinara Sadykova and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2006, Biodiversity Conservation and Millennium Development Goals in Kyrgyz Republic, UNU-IAS Technical Paper Series, 147.

Balakrishna Pisupati, Bhujang Dharmaji and Azain Raban, 2005, Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Livelihoods into National Adaptation Programmes of Action, IUCN, 48 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, 2004, Trade and Biodiversity, IUCN, 44 p.

Sachin Chaturvedi, Balakrishna Pisupati, 2004, Mainstreaming Environment, Biodiversity and Development Concerns: Lessons for SAFTA, IUCN and RIS, 53 p.

Bhujang Dharmaji and Balakrishna Pisupati, 2004, Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Climate Change, IUCN, 65 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati and Emilie Warner, 2003, Biodiversity and Millennium Development Goals, IUCN, UNDP, 45 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, 2002, Managing Invasive Alien Species - Policy and Legal Options, IUCN, 35 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, Surangika L, 2001, Biodiversity Planning Support - Guidance for Countries on Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, IUCN, 342 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, 2001, Agriculture and Biodiversity, IUCN, 34 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati, Lyle Glowka and Sanjiv de Silva, 2000, Access and Benefti Sharing, Proceedings of Asia Regional Consultation, IUCN, 214 p.

Balakrishna Pisupati (Lead Author), 1997, Developing an Agrobiodiversity Operational Programme for the Global Environmental Facility, GEF, MSSRF.
Contact details
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 Related focal points of research

   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Global environmental governance and law

 Important ongoing projects

The Access and Benefit Sharing Research Project

Biotechnology in Agriculture and Aquaculture – Effects of Intellectual Property Rights in the Food Production Chain

NBSAPs Assessment

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