One step forward, two steps back?

Implementing access and benefit-sharing legislation in South Africa

Authored by: Rachel Wynberg

Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138693302
eBook ISBN: 9781315530857
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South Africa is one of few African countries to have a comprehensive legal and policy framework in place for access and benefit-sharing (ABS). Indeed, discussions about ABS were initiated more than twenty years ago, in line with the country’s transition to a democracy, and together with the revision of its biodiversity policy to incorporate provisions relating to social justice. This, together with the strategic regional role that South Africa plays in natural product development, positions the country as an important platform from which to learn lessons about ABS policy development and implementation.

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