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Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints

(2014) BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION. 23(12). p.3143-3148
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Research collaboration between developed countries from the northern hemisphere and developing countries in the southern hemisphere is essential for the understanding and protection of the major proportion of biodiversity located in the tropics. Focusing on the case of sub-Saharan Africa, we here assess the real involvement of northern versus southern contributors, and caution against unequal academic benefit sharing arising from non-commercial biodiversity research that may ultimately hamper sustainable knowledge transfer and long-term biodiversity conservation. We discuss possible drivers that may have led to a business of raw biodiversity data. While we fully support the current efforts to stamp out biopiracy through international biodiversity policies and agreements, we illustrate that such legislative frameworks may further constrain biodiversity research, especially in countries where regulations are poorly streamlined and bureaucracy remains rather inert. We therefore ask for workable solutions towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research, and propose a number of steps to transgress the current barriers towards a more fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from biodiversity research.
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Biodiversity access, Benefit sharing, Biopiracy, Colonialism, Knowledge transfer, CONSERVATION, HOTSPOTS

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Habel, Jan Christian, Hilde Eggermont, Sven Günter, Ronald K Mulwa, Marco Rieckmann, Lian Pin Koh, Saliou Niassy, et al. 2014. “Towards More Equal Footing in North-south Biodiversity Research: European and sub-Saharan Viewpoints.” Biodiversity and Conservation 23 (12): 3143–3148.
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Habel, Jan Christian, Eggermont, H., Günter, S., Mulwa, R. K., Rieckmann, M., Koh, L. P., Niassy, S., et al. (2014). Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints. BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, 23(12), 3143–3148.
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Habel JC, Eggermont H, Günter S, Mulwa RK, Rieckmann M, Koh LP, et al. Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints. BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION. 2014;23(12):3143–8.
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Habel, Jan Christian, Hilde Eggermont, Sven Günter, et al. “Towards More Equal Footing in North-south Biodiversity Research: European and sub-Saharan Viewpoints.” BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION 23.12 (2014): 3143–3148. Print.
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  abstract     = {Research collaboration between developed countries from the northern hemisphere and developing countries in the southern hemisphere is essential for the understanding and protection of the major proportion of biodiversity located in the tropics. Focusing on the case of sub-Saharan Africa, we here assess the real involvement of northern versus southern contributors, and caution against unequal academic benefit sharing arising from non-commercial biodiversity research that may ultimately hamper sustainable knowledge transfer and long-term biodiversity conservation. We discuss possible drivers that may have led to a business of raw biodiversity data. While we fully support the current efforts to stamp out biopiracy through international biodiversity policies and agreements, we illustrate that such legislative frameworks may further constrain biodiversity research, especially in countries where regulations are poorly streamlined and bureaucracy remains rather inert. We therefore ask for workable solutions towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research, and propose a number of steps to transgress the current barriers towards a more fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from biodiversity research.},
  author       = {Habel, Jan Christian and Eggermont, Hilde and G{\"u}nter, Sven and Mulwa, Ronald K and Rieckmann, Marco and Koh, Lian Pin and Niassy, Saliou and Ferguson, J Willem H and Gebremichael, Gelaye and Githiru, Mwangi and Weisser, Wolfgang W and Lens, Luc},
  issn         = {0960-3115},
  journal      = {BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {12},
  pages        = {3143--3148},
  title        = {Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-014-0761-z},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2014},
}

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