Biological resources, knowledge and property

Authored by: Luigi Pellizzoni

Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782791
eBook ISBN: 9780203814550
Adobe ISBN: 9781136707995


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The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, and 2011–2020 as the Decade on Biodiversity. The solemnity of such declarations is hardly surprising. Biological resources are used more and more extensively and intensively. Their protection has become a planetary question, yet the very meaning of protection becomes increasingly problematic, at the crossroads of preservation of life forms, replacement with human artefacts, and ‘remoulding’ according to human needs and preferences. In the meantime, policy approaches have significantly evolved from state- to market-centred, with property rights playing an increasingly salient – and contested – role.

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