Reflections on 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Part III): new challenges related to fair and equitable benefit-sharing under the Nagoya Protocol

by Elisa Morgera and Elsa Tsioumani March 2017: This is the third of a series of blog posts (see here and here) analysing the outcomes of the most recent round of international negotiations on biodiversity. The 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference … Continue reading

Reflections on 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Part II): assessing the Mo’otz kuxtal guidelines on benefit-sharing from the use of traditional knowledge

by Elisa Morgera March 2017: This is the second of a series of blog posts analysing the outcomes of the recent round of international negotiations on biodiversity. It focuses on the Mo’otz kuxtal voluntary guidelines on consent and benefit-sharing from … Continue reading

Reflections on 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Part I): the multi-faceted benefit-sharing dimensions of mainstreaming biodiversity into other sectors

by Elisa Morgera March 2017: This is the first of a series of blog posts analysing the outcomes of the most recent round of international negotiations on biodiversity. The 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (Cancun, Mexico, from 12-17 December 2016) focused … Continue reading

Benefit-sharing and insights from deliberative democracy

Benefit-sharing and insights from deliberative democracy By Louisa Parks February 2017: A clear finding from research about benefit-sharing agreements, including research underway within the Benelex project, is that effective fair and equitable benefit-sharing must be understood as a process rather … Continue reading

Gender equality and benefit sharing: exploring the linkages in relation to land and genetic resources

by Naomi Kenney* and Mika Schroder** November 2016: Why is gender equality in relation to land and genetic resources important in a discussion around benefit-sharing? Gender equality is a fundamental human right recognised by international law and largely reflected in … Continue reading

Access to Markets for Smallholders and Fair and Equitable Benefit-sharing: Mapping the Linkages

By Elsa Tsioumani October 2016: Several policy fora have repeatedly identified the need for access to markets as an essential avenue towards improved livelihoods and development outcomes for vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers. At the same … Continue reading

Benefit-sharing and wildlife: links with conservation, trade and trophy hunting

Guest blog post by Mika Schroder* August 2016: Although traditionally wildlife management debates have not embraced a benefit-sharing terminology, this post explores the increasing relevance of fair and equitable benefit-sharing in relation to local communities’ participation in wildlife conservation, sustainable trade and … Continue reading

Benefit-Sharing in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction: where are we at? (Part IV)

By Elisa Morgera, Elsa Tsioumani and Daniela Diz July 2016: A new treaty on marine biodiversity in the deep seas is becoming a concrete possibility: after ten years of informal, at times circular, discussions, formal negotiations started in April 2016. … Continue reading

Benefit-Sharing in International Water Law: the case of the Senegal and Niger Rivers basins

Guest blog post by Komlan Sangbana[1] and Mara Tignino[2] July 2017: This blog is based on the outcomes of the Round Table on “Cooperation and Benefit Sharing in the Senegal and Niger River Basins” organized by the Geneva Water Hub, the Platform … Continue reading

Multilateral benefit-sharing: Whither from here?

By Elisa Morgera* June 2016: International law has already given rise to three multilateral benefit-sharing mechanisms, though they are at distinct stages of implementation. Currently, governments are involved in five different sets of negotiations or discussions on the possible further … Continue reading


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