Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research : European and sub-Saharan viewpoints

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dc.contributor.author Habel, Jan Christian
dc.contributor.author Eggermont, Hilde
dc.contributor.author Günter, Sven
dc.contributor.author Mulwa, Ronald K.
dc.contributor.author Rieckmann, Marco
dc.contributor.author Koh, Lian Pin
dc.contributor.author Niassy, Saliou
dc.contributor.author Ferguson, J. Willem H.
dc.contributor.author Gebremichael, Gelaye
dc.contributor.author Githiru, Mwangi
dc.contributor.author Weisser, Wolfgang W.
dc.contributor.author Lens, Luc
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-30T09:07:47Z
dc.date.issued 2014-11
dc.description.abstract Research collaboration between developed countries from the northern hemi- sphere and developing countries in the southern hemisphere is essential for the under- standing and protection of the major proportion of biodiversity located in the tropics. Focusing on the case of sub-Saharan Africa, we here assess the real involvement of northern versus southern contributors, and caution against unequal academic benefit sharing arising from non-commercial biodiversity research that may ultimately hamper sustainable knowledge transfer and long-term biodiversity conservation. We discuss pos- sible drivers that may have led to a business of raw biodiversity data. While we fully support the current efforts to stamp out biopiracy through international biodiversity poli- cies and agreements, we illustrate that such legislative frameworks may further constrain biodiversity research, especially in countries where regulations are poorly streamlined and bureaucracy remains rather inert. We therefore ask for workable solutions towards more equal footing in north–south biodiversity research, and propose a number of steps to transgress the current barriers towards a more fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from biodiversity research. en_US
dc.description.embargo 2015-11-30
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en_US
dc.description.uri http://link.springer.com/journal/10531 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Habel, JC, Eggermont, H, Günter, S, Mulwa, RK, Rieckmann, M, Koh, LP, Niassy, S, Ferguson, JWH, Gebremichael, G, Githiru, M, Weisser, WW & Lens, L 2014, 'LenTowards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research : European and sub-Saharan viewpoints', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 3143-3148. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0960-3115 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1572-9710 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s10531-014-0761-z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/42132
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.rights © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014. The original publication is available at : http://link.springer.com/journal/10531. en_US
dc.subject Benefit sharing en_US
dc.subject Biodiversity access en_US
dc.subject Biopiracy en_US
dc.subject Colonialism en_US
dc.subject Knowledge transfer en_US
dc.title Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research : European and sub-Saharan viewpoints en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US


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