A biopiracy coup
Can the recent convention on biodiversity be called that?
Negotiations on biological resources inch forward
The conservation and sustainable management of biological resources was high on the international agenda in February 2004. Representatives of …
Biodiversity or Biotrade?
Competing goals of free trade and environmental protection puts the much-awaited Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety indefinitely on hold
For safe custody
Besides its other decisions, the third Conference of Parties also resolved to empower native peoples to use and conserve biological resources in …
A usual story: a transnational company develops a profitable product based on the resources and knoledge preserved by an indigenous community …
Access, yes. Sharing, no
The access and benefit-sharing protocol on biodiversity may do little to deter multinationals from grabbing the planet’s resources
Knowledge seeks power
The rights of indigenous communities, which have nurtured traditional systems of knowledge through the ages, will be discussed at length at …
The secret garden
Want to know about a lost variety of rice or a cure to asthma? Answers lie in the notebooks of schoolchildren and women of the Sundarbans and …
India hardsells its troubled protected areas abroad
Pharma and biotech firms are lobbying hard to block disclosure of origin of genetic material used in inventions, but they also raise thorny issues
Worldwide, traditional medicinal systems are in the process of being modernised. Besides health care and conservation of medicinal plants, the …
Green rider for GDP
World is moving towards natural capital as a measure of economic growth
Are we ready to hand over on our life-forms?
There are certain plants, vegetables and fruits indigenous to India having medicinal properties. The knowledge of these properties rests with …
The Avon lady lifts our biodiversity
Loopholes in the Biological Diversity Act being used to export India’s genetic material
Win one, lose many
India needs to have a hard look at the sources of all its varied traditional knowledge and how to protect them
Is your government signing away your future rights to the world's natural resources?
Battle for turf
If the South wants to protect its interests against the power of the Bretton Woods institutions and WTO, it will need its own, equally powerful forum
Polluter says' principle
GEF should have been a liability fund, rather than a 'guilt fund' set up by the North to make up for the global damage it had caused
MAIght of OECD
A no-holds-barred treaty on investments would hand over the world on a platter to MNCs
Free, not fair
Does a country have the right to demand that its domestic standards on environmental protection be applicable to all countries?
After almost 10 years of fighting for or against a forest convention, there is not even a common view on why forests are under threat and what …
Developing countries are wary of the proposed treaty as chemicals like DDT are still used in many malaria-prone regions for vector control
Northern countries still see desertification as a local problem caused by population pressures rather than international trade patterns and …
To energise the biodiversity convention, the world will have to first deal with difficult countries like the US
Climate change negotiations get emotional because carbon dioxide emissions are closely related to individual lifestyles - and to national …