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Global Governance of Genetic
(08.08.2014) A recent book co-edited by FNI's
Kristin Rosendal analyses the status and
prospects of the global governance of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the
aftermath of 2010's Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity
The CBD's initial 1992 regime for global ABS governance
established the objective of sharing the benefits arising from the use of
genetic resources fairly between countries and communities. Since then, ABS has
been a contested issue in international politics not least due to the
failure of effective implementation of the original CBD obligations. The ABS
regime of the CBD has since been sought strengthened through its 2010 Nagoya
Protocol (NP). Compared to the slow rate of progress on climate change, the NP
has been considered a major achievement of global environmental governance, but
it has also been coined a 'masterpiece of ambiguity'. This book analyses the
role of a variety of actors in the emergence of the Nagoya Protocol and
provides an up-to-date assessment of the core features of the architecture of
global ABS governance.
The book focuses on two broad themes of the wider
research agenda on global environmental governance, namely architecture and
agency. Individual chapter contributions relate and link ABS governance to
other prominent debates in the field, such as institutional complexes,
compliance, market-based approaches, EU leadership, the role of small states,
the role of non-state actors and more.
Partly due to its seeming
technical complexity, ABS governance has so far not been at the centre of
attention of scholars and practitioners of global environmental governance. In
this book, care is taken to provide an accessible account of key functional and
political features of the governance system which enables non-specialists to
gain a grasp on the main issues involved, allowing the issue of ABS governance
to move centre-stage and be more fully recognised in discussions on global
Citation: Sebastian Oberthür and G.
Kristin Rosendal (eds), Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and
Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol. London/New York, Routledge,
2014, 268 p. ISBN 978-0-415-65625-2.
presentation at the publisher's website
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