Space for local voices? Analysing the discourses of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Blog post by Mika Schröder and Louisa Parks* Ongoing work under the BENELEX project is exploring the extent to which decisions made under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) can provide discursive space for local voices. Discourses are understood as a … Continue reading

Benefit-sharing and traditional knowledge: recent developments and new frontiers in the climate regime

Guest blogpost by Annalisa Savaresi* November 2017: In 2015, the Paris Agreement became the first climate treaty to include a reference to traditional knowledge. Earlier in this blog (BENELEX blog) we considered how and why traditional knowledge has become a … Continue reading

The latest World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: progress on fair and equitable benefit-sharing? (Part III)

By Marie-Catherine Petersmann* July 2017: This is the third and last blog post in a series evaluating the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework with regard to fair and equitable benefit-sharing with people affected by projects financed by the … Continue reading

The latest World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: progress on fair and equitable benefit-sharing? (Part II)

By Marie-Catherine Petersmann* July 2017: This is the second in a series of three blog posts that evaluate the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework through the lens of benefit-sharing. This post focuses on Environment and Social Standard 7 … Continue reading

The latest World Bank Environmental and Social Framework: progress on fair and equitable benefit-sharing? (Part I)

By Marie-Catherine Petersmann* July 2017: On 4th August 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework, which is expected to enter into effect in early 2018 and replace the current Operational Policies and … Continue reading

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


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