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The Historical Roots of the North-South Dynamic in Biodiversity Conservation and its Imprint on the Convention on Biological Diversity

Kotsakis, Andreas (2017) The Historical Roots of the North-South Dynamic in Biodiversity Conservation and its Imprint on the Convention on Biological Diversity. In: Faure, Michael, ed. Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law. Volume III: Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law. Edward Elgar, pp. 44-57. ISBN 978-1-78643-698-6. (doi:10.4337/9781783474257.III.3) (KAR id:96871)

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Abstract

The concept of biodiversity has been historically constituted by a series of North-South disputes over its meaning and application. The following chapter places the entry of biodiversity into international environmental law within its historical and political context and outlines the exposure and collisions with other discourses and rationalities that occurred around the adoption and early operation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). While the concept of biodiversity emerged within Northern conservation practice, the reality of the South as the holder of the remaining biodiversity reserves has forced a continued and often contentious engagement with the political economy of Southern development. The chapter identifies a troubling orientalist pattern in this engagement that repeats throughout the decades: the North always proposes first and the South is expected to reacts and adapt.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4337/9781783474257.III.3
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Andreas Kotsakis
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 09:00 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022 14:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/96871 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kotsakis, Andreas: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1316-2335
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