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.
Chapter 7: Concluding Observations
All government is a conspiracy. Good government is a conspiracy in favor of the people. Bad government is a conspiracy against the people…the task of the contemporary lawyer is to redeem government in the name of justice…in the name of humanity, whose interests transcend the interests of states and government.
The present work commenced by sketching out a scenario of human- and nature-induced challenges facing the Himalaya where forest and biodiversity loss, resource degradation, population surge and social, economic and institutional, and political unrest were characterized as major problems. These problems have been capped further by inequitable economic relations, topography-insensitive development choices, and bad governance and intransigent approach towards change. Attempt was made to draw attention of the readers to critical bio-issues ...