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Biodiversity and Gender for Sustainable Development

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This book provides an insight into both biodiversity and gender. It recognises the vital role of women in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, and affirms the need for the full participation of women at all levels of policy-making and implementation in the conservation of biological diversity. Analytic, integrative in approach, and clearly presented, this book is aimed at environmentalists, natural resource scientists, environmental practitioners and policy-makers.

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Regulation of Access to Genetic Resources and Sharing of Benefits from Biodiversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) provides an international legal réme for the regulation of access to and exchange of genetic resources, i.e. genetic material of actual or potential value. While recognising the sovereign rights of States over their natural resources, the CBD in Article 15 urges Parties to facilitate access for environmentally-sound uses and not to impose restrictions that run counter to the objectives of the Convention. However, paragraphs 4 and 5 emphasise that such access should be granted based on ‘mutually agreed terms’ and should be subject to ‘prior informed consent’ of the Party providing the resources.

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