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Towards Sustainable and Equitable Bioprospecting in Norway

The aim of this project has been to investigate bioprospecting practices in Norway from a stakeholder perspective and this has been conducted through a participatory process approach. Experiences of best practice in other countries are have also been examined. This has contributed to the understanding of the research question: How bioprospecting could be organised in compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In this work, the project team has drawn upon research experiences from ecology, law and political science, as well as active research networks and stakeholder participation. This examination has allowed for developing a participatory process in which relevant Norwegian stakeholders have been involved in the definition of standard procedures for best practice in bioprospecting. One output of the project has been the establishment of an international panel with researchers from India, Germany, Switzerland and Norway. The group organized a symposium at the DIVERSITAS Conference in Mexico November 2005.

FNI project leader: Kristin Rosendal

Project period: 2004-2007


Rosendal, G. Kristin, 'Balancing Access and Benefit-Sharing and Legal Protection of Innovations from Bioprospecting: Impacts on Conservation of Biodiversity'. Journal of Environment and Development, Vol 15, No 4, 2006, pp. 428-447.

Rosendal, G. Kristin, 'Regulating the Use of Genetic Resources – Between International Authorities'. European Environment, Vol 16, No 5, 2006, pp. 265-277.

Rosendal, G. Kristin, 'Internasjonale avtaler: Bevaring av biologisk mangfold og rettigheter til genetiske ressurser' ('International Agreements: Conservation of Biodiversity and Rights to Genetic Resources'). In Genressurser og rettigheter – åpent møte 02.09.04. Bioteknologinemnda Report, 2005. In Norwegian.

 Related focal points of research:

   Biodiversity and genetic resources

Project funding:

   The Research Council of Norway (FUGE Programme)

 External cooperation partners:

   Centre for Development and Environment (SUM), University of Oslo
   Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Related document:

   FNI Research on Biological Diversity. Information brochure (PDF, 0.5 Mb)

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