Whither the Convention on Biological Diversity?

Desh Deepak Verma
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New Delhi 110003


The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is in its crucial phase. During the 8 th Conference of Parties (CoP) meeting held at Curitiba , Brazil , Parties have decided to put an International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing in flesh and blood. While the process for the same has been set in motion, it appears that the Parties, both developing and developed countries, grapple with the elements that the regime should contain. While the developed countries continue to be wary of the International Regime, the developing countries also do not seem to visualize very clearly what they want. To crystallise their agenda, the developing countries need to find answers to certain questions, some of them awkward ones. This paper tries to list out those question and issues which need to be settled much before the year 2010, the target date for finalisation of the International Regime.


Access, Benefit Sharing, Bonn Guidelines, Convention on Biological, Diversity, Country of Origin, Country of Source, Traditional Knowledge.


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