Beginning with the ecological, economic, social, and legal facets of biodiversity issues and challenges facing the Himalayan region, the book discusses the Convention on Biological Diversity and subsequent developments. A pioneering work on the protection of the Himalayan biodiversity, it uses tools upheld by international environmental law and examines exhaustively the possibility of evolving regional partnerships for the protection of the Himalayas.

The debate between the technology-rich First World and the bio-rich Third World is studied in detail, with a focus on issues of access and benefit-sharing. The book also examines the gaps in existing and evolving national laws and policies on the protection of biodiversity, and in doing so, envisages a framework of regional laws on the subject.

Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing

Access to genetic resources and benefit sharing

There is more information of a higher order of sophistication and complexity stored in a few square yards of forest than there is in all the libraries of mankind. Obviously, that is a different order of information. It is the information of the universe we live in. It is the information that has been flowing for millions of years. In this total information context humans may not be necessarily the highest or the most interesting product.

Gary Snyder1


Among the three objectives, equitable sharing of benefits through sustainable use of the components of biodiversity is considered by many developing countries as the most prized achievement of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The sustainable ...

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