Biodiversity and the Ancestors intends to span an arc between legislative efforts on local, regional, national and local levels and traditional ways of maintaining the environment and its biodiversity. On the one hand, Biodiversity and the Ancestors serves as a guide to the broad range of provisions directly and indirectly relating to the protection of biological diversity. On the other hand, the case studies provide a unique insight into the practices, customs and customary laws of people living in traditional settings and from various communities throughout Namibia.
Biodiversity and the Ancestors is a source of information and provides guidance for lawyers, anthropologists, students, policymakers and all those members of the public interested in environmental concerns, biodiversity conservation and traditional customs in Namibia. It covers a broad variety of topics that include the protection of land, grass, medicinal plants, fish, and trees. The essays contained in Biodiversity and the Ancestors are of result of BIOTA work in the Faculty of Law of the University of Namibia over the last four years.
Manfred O. Hinz is a Professor at the University of Bremen and the University of Namibia, specializing in public law, jurisprudence and political and legal anthropology. He is holder of the UNESCO Chair: Human Rights and Democracy at the Human Rights and Documentation Centre (HRDC) of the Faculty of Law at the University of Namibia.
Oliver C. Ruppel is the Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre (HRDC) and lectures at the University of Namibia’s Faculty of Law. His legal specialization lies particularly in the field of public international law with a special emphasis on the interrelationship between international trade, human rights and the protection of the environment.