This book deals with the economic potentials of biodiversity and its capacity to support its own conservation aiming to provide a livelihood for millions engaged in conservation, both now and for future generations. The book highlights the potential of natural resources which are characterized as capital wealth (as defined in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)), to finance their own conservation and to provide livelihood means to people who conserve it.
The book is divided into five parts. Part I explains the Premise of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), part II describes the Technology Transfer, part III provides details about the Access to Genetic Resources and to Associated Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing, part IV is the Implementation of ABS Mechanisms, and part V is about ABS and Its Economics.
This book will be of interest to biodiversity policymakers, administrators, university and college students, researchers, and biodiversity conservationists.
Dr Oommen V. Oommen is an eminent biodiversity conservationist with several years of experience as a teacher, scientist and policymaker. He has more than 40 years of teaching experience. He was Dean, the Faculty of Science, Professor and Head, the Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, India and CSIR Emeritus scientist. He served as Chairman of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board and during this period he had been responsible for bringing about policy decisions to enable the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. In recognition of his outstanding research contribution to caecilian biology and molecular taxonomy, Scientists from Natural History Museum, London has named a caecilian amphibian, Uraeotyphlus oommeni, in his honour. He has published over 170 research papers, 15 book chapters, and 20 Gen Bank submissions, edited four international books in the last seven years and published several popular science articles
Dr K.P. Laladhas is the former Principal at St Stephen's College, Pathanapuran, Kollam, Kerala is an eminent academician and researcher in various disciplines of life science. He has 26 years of meritorious academic service in higher education teaching. His areas of research are the conservation of biodiversity, bio-prospecting, molecular characterization and biological assays. He has completed different major and minor research projects funded by the Department of Science & Technology, the Government of India and the University Grants Commission. He has also worked on consultancy projects funded by the UNDP and National Medicinal Plant Board.
Dr Prakash Nelliyat is a Key Expert (Economist) in the Monitoring and Evaluation team of the World Bank-sponsored Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agricultural Modernization (TNIAM) Project at the Centre for Water Resources, Anna University Chennai. Previously he worked as a Subject Expert (Economic Valuation of Tradable Bio-resources in Kerala) in the Rebuild Kerala Initiative Programme at the Kerala State Biodiversity Board; Consultant (Biodiversity Finance Initiative) at the UNDP; Fellow, Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), at the Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law, Chennai, where he involved in research on various issues on ABS. He also worked as Environmental Economist (valuation of biological resources) at the National Biodiversity Authority; Research Coordinator for the South Asian Integrated Water Resources Management Programme at the Centre for Water Resources - Anna University; and as a Research Associate at Madras School of Economics and Madras Institute of Development Studies.
Dr Balakrishna Pisupati is an internationally renowned conservation and development specialist with close to three decades of experience working at national, regional and international levels, holding positions such as the Chairperson of FLEDGE, an international think tank, Vice-Chancellor, TransDisciplinary University (TDU, India), Chief of Biodiversity, Land Law and Governance programmes at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, Kenya), Senior Policy Fellow at Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI, Norway), Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority-Government of India (NBA, India), Coordinator, Biodiplomacy Programme at United Nations University (UNU-IAS, Japan), Head, Regional Biodiversity Programme for Asia at the World Conservation Union (IUCN, Sri Lanka), Head, Biodiversity and Biotechnology programme at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF, India).