Chapter 8: Improved governance
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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