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Blue Genes: Sharing and Conserving the World's Aquatic Biodiversity

Call to action on aquatic biodiversity

By: David Greer and Brian Harvey

231 pages, B/w photos


Paperback | Dec 2004 | #149139 | ISBN: 1844071065
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | #149141 | ISBN: 1844071057
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Looks at the issues of ownership, governance and trade in aquatic genetic resources. It describes the growing demand for aquatic genetic resources and the desperate need to fill the policy vacuum for the management and conservation of aquatic biodiversity as a foundation for rules governing access to and use of aquatic genetic resources. Focuses on the rights of indigenous and local communities providing access to those resources, and their role in managing and conserving aquatic biodiversity.

'This is just what the doctor ordered: a sensible, balanced and comprehensive overview of how countries can manage their aquatic resources in the biotechnology age.' Jeffrey A McNeely, Chief Scientist, IUCN 'A wonderfully written and sorely needed guide to the promise of aquatic genetic resources... brimming with important pointers of ways to realize the potential of the little appreciated and frequently abused aquatic genetic resources.' Thomas Lovejoy, President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment


Preface; The Gene Rush: Finding New Value in Aquatic Biodiversity; Managing Aquatic Biodiversity: Tools and Policy Gaps; Whose to Share: Ownership and Control of Aquatic Genetic Resources; Thinking Locally: Rights of Indigenous and Local Communities; Acting Globally: Towards National Laws on Access to Aquatic Resources; Results that Count: Meaningful Benefits for Fishing Communities; Putting Principles into Practice; Bibliography, Index

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David Greer is an independent legal consultant specializing in natural resources and biodiversity management policy. Brian Harvey is President of the World Fisheries Trust

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