Governance of Genetic Resources

Governance of Genetic Resources

A Guide to Navigating the Complex Global Landscape

Catherine Rhodes

Governance of Genetic Resources maps out a landscape of the international governance of genetic resources. It shows what governance efforts currently exist, what is missing, which areas are problematic, and outlines what the international community should be aiming for in regard to its future development and implementation.

Chapter 8: Improved governance

Catherine Rhodes

Subjects: development studies, law and development, environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, intellectual property law, law and development, public international law


Genetic resources have value to the international community through their contributions to the attainment of particular goals of global importance. The first section of this chapter looks at how the governance of genetic resources should be assessed using the perspective of concern about contributions to the management of major global challenges. It then provides a few more specific suggestions for change, including the de-linking of access from benefit sharing arrangements; removing some resources from the application of sovereign rights; and reducing the burden of multiple national implementing measures. This section assesses the appropriateness of current international genetic resources governance efforts in terms of meeting key global objectives. For each goal, the main elements that would contribute to appropriate use of genetic resources are noted, and their implications for what governance efforts should incorporate are described, before current governance efforts and their strengths and deficiencies are outlined.

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