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Assessing the extent of access and benefit sharing in the wildlife trade : lessons from horticultural orchids in Southeast Asia

Hinsley, Amy, Roberts, David L. (2017) Assessing the extent of access and benefit sharing in the wildlife trade : lessons from horticultural orchids in Southeast Asia. Environmental Conservation, 45 (3). pp. 261-268. ISSN 0376-8929. (doi:10.1017/S0376892917000467)

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Abstract

The equitable sharing of benefits from natural resources is a key target of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Trade in its native species is one way in which a country can potentially benefit from its natural resources, and even small-scale traders can now access global markets online. However, little is known about the extent of benefit sharing for many products, and to what extent the appropriate processes and permits are being used. We surveyed online trade in a lucrative and widely-sold product in Southeast Asia (horticultural orchids), to assess the extent of access and benefit sharing. In total, 20.8% (n=1120) of orchid species from the region were being sold. Although 7/10 countries were trading, five had very little or no trade in their native species, and the majority of recently described endemic species being traded from non-range states had no reported CITES exports from their country of origin. We suggest that addressing access and benefit sharing gaps requires wider recognition of the problem, coupled with capacity building in the countries currently benefitting least: Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. The priority should be to increase botanical capacity and enable these countries to better control the commercialization and trade of their native species.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0376892917000467
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5548.32 E-commerce
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Management Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 09:48 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 13:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64082 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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