The Convention on Biological Diversity and Developing Countries

Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000. 313p.

This book focuses on the negotiation process leading up to the formation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the domestic implementation of this international agreement. It represents the first effort within political science to study this negotiation process by applying several perspectives drawn from international relations theories while also focusing on the implementation of international agreements in a developing country. Moreover, the links between international and domestic level factors are examined by proposing and focusing on four mechanisms through which an international institution may affect domestic politics. Evidence is found that the CBD have had favourable impact on national biodiversity policies in the case-country, but that much-needed compatible legislation is lacking among developed country parties.

Target audience for this book is policy- and decision-makers, political scientists, lawyers and evironmentalists engaged in development assistance work, as well as academia in general and the biotechnology industry.