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Blue Genes
Sharing and Conserving the World's Aquatic Biodiversity

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ISBN 9781844071067
Published September 1, 2004 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

The advance of genetic sciences has led to a 'blue revolution' in the way we use aquatic biodiversity. By 2020, the world will be eating almost as much farmed as wild fish, marine bacteria could yield the cure for cancer and deep-sea bacteria may be exploited to gobble up oil spills. Science is moving ahead at a staggering speed, and the demand for genetic resources is growing rapidly - yet governance and policy lag far behind. This groundbreaking work is the first to look at the ownership, governance and trade in aquatic genetic resources. Blue Genes describes the growing demand for aquatic genetic resources and the desperate need to fill the policy vacuum about the management and conservation of aquatic biodiversity, which would help create a foundation for rules dictating access to, and use of, aquatic genetic resources. Special attention is paid to indigenous and local people having the right to access these resources and their role in managing and conserving aquatic biodiversity. The book concludes with policy recommendations specifically tailored to aquatic resources, with the use of six case studies from four continents to illustrate key issues.

Table of Contents

The Gene Rush: Finding New Value in Aquatic Biodiversity * Managing Aquatic Resources: Tools and Policy Gaps * Whose to Share * Ownership and Control of Aquatic Resources * Thinking Locally: Rights of Indigenous and Local Communities * Acting Globally: National Laws on Access to Aquatic Resources * Results that Count: Meaningful Benefits for Fishing Communities * Putting Principles into Practice * Notes * References * Index

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David Greer is an independent legal consultant specializing in natural resources and biodiversity management policy. Brian Harvey is a fisheries biologist and President of World Fisheries Trust.


'This is just what the doctor ordered: a sensible, balanced and comprehensive overview of how countries can manage their aquatic resources in the biotechnology age.' Jeffrey A McNeely, Chief Scientist, IUCN 'A wonderfully written and sorely needed guide to the promise of aquatic genetic resources... brimming with important pointers of ways to realize the potential of the little appreciated and frequently abused aquatic genetic resources.' Thomas Lovejoy, President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment