Bioprospecting — collecting biological material for commercial use — can encourage conservation. But it has also been accused of being a form of intellectual piracy, with little compensation for local people.
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Ten years after introducing a Biodiversity Act, India is yet to put it to serious use, say Shalini Bhutani and Kanchi Kohli.
7 October 2012
Source: Economic and Political Weekly
Two safeguards for communities' rights to resources can help implement the Nagoya Protocol, argues biodiversity specialist Krystyna Swiderska.
What are the main issues that African nations face in forthcoming negotiations on biotechnology and biosafety?
4 June 2007
Source: The International Institute for Sustainable Development
A growing number of critics of 'bioprospecting' complain that companies often fail to adequately compensate holders of traditional knowledge, and that patents on products developed in this way are actually a form of intellectual piracy.
A biodiversity agreement among the Brazilian government, the industrial sector and the FAO aims to ease Brazil's ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.
1 April 2013
More than 140 nations have agreed the first global, legally-binding treaty to prevent man-made emissions of mercury into the environment.