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Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit Sharing

Lessons from the San-Hoodia Case

  • First in-depth study of the world’s best known benefit sharing case

  • First book on the topic of benefit sharing, which brings the collective knowledge of case experts from Asia, Australia and North America to critique the experience of their African counterparts for mutual learning

  • Offers analysis and recommendations for policy makers under significant pressure to resolve the challenges of implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Community Consent and Benefit Sharing: The Context

    1. Introduction

      • Rachel Wynberg, Doris Schroeder, Roger Chennells
      Pages 3-10
    2. Justice and Benefit Sharing

      • Doris Schroeder
      Pages 11-26
  3. Learning from the San

    1. Green Diamonds of the South: An Overview of the San-Hoodia Case

      • Rachel Wynberg, Roger Chennells
      Pages 89-124
    2. Policies for Sharing Benefits from Hoodia

      • Rachel Wynberg
      Pages 127-141
    3. Speaking for the San: Challenges for Representative Institutions

      • Roger Chennells, Victoria Haraseb, Mathambo Ngakaeaja
      Pages 165-190
    4. Sharing Benefits Fairly: Decision-Making and Governance

      • Rachel Wynberg, Doris Schroeder, Samantha Williams, Saskia Vermeylen
      Pages 231-257
  4. Conclusions and Recommendations

    1. Conclusions and Recommendations: Towards Best Practice for Community Consent and Benefit Sharing

      • Rachel Wynberg, Roger Chennells, Doris Schroeder
      Pages 335-350
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 351-363

About this book

Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit Sharing is the first in-depth account of the Hoodia bioprospecting case and use of San traditional knowledge, placing it in the global context of indigenous peoples’ rights, consent and benefit-sharing. It is unique as the first interdisciplinary analysis of consent and benefit sharing in which philosophers apply their minds to questions of justice in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), lawyers interrogate the use of intellectual property rights to protect traditional knowledge, environmental scientists analyse implications for national policies, anthropologists grapple with the commodification of knowledge and, uniquely, case experts from Asia, Australia and North America bring their collective expertise and experiences to bear on the San-Hoodia case.

While much of the focus is on bioprospecting and natural product development, Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit-Sharing also draws important lessons about informed consent and benefit-sharing from the health sciences and sectors such as mining. Policymakers around the world are under significant pressure to resolve the challenges of implementing the CBD. This book’s analysis and recommendations will help them.

‘It is good to see philosophers engaging with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and doing so by looking in depth at a real situation in which it has been invoked.’

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

‘This book arrives at a critical juncture in the history of genetic resource use and policymaking - not only in southern Africa, but across that continent and, indeed, around the world. ABS Regime negotiators would do well to study closely the pages of this insightful and provocative volume.’

Timothy J. Hodges, Co-Chair UN CBD Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources (ABS)

‘A timely study of the way in which the key elements of the CBD relating to access to genetic resources - prior informed consent, benefit sharing - may, or may not, work in the real world, especially as it relates to the knowledge and innovations of indigenous peoples and local communities. Analytical, in-depth and insightful. An excellent work of scholarship.’

Gurdial Nijar, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law [CEBLAW], Professor of Law, University of Malaya; Lead negotiator for Malaysia and the Like-Minded Megadiverse countries (LMMC) for The International ABS Regime

‘This is an eagerly anticipated book, extremely well researched, and uncovering in great detail many interesting issues that will be extremely valuable for the entire indigenous plant and traditional knowledge research and commercialisation fraternity – not only in southern Africa but worldwide.’

Cyril Lombard, Marketing Manager, PhytoTrade Africa

Keywords

  • Benefit sharing
  • Hoodia
  • Indigenous peoples
  • San
  • bioprospecting
  • consent
  • ethics

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book is an excellent series of papers that document the development of the San-Hoodia benefit-sharing agreement. … This book … is essential reading for anyone trying to bring a natural product to market and seeking a benefit-sharing partnership.” (Kristine Stewart, Economic Botany, Vol. 65 (2), 2011)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town Environmental & Geographical Science Building, Rondebosch, South Africa

    Rachel Wynberg

  • Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom

    Doris Schroeder

  • Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Doris Schroeder

  • Chennells Albertyn Attorneys, Notaries & Conveyancers, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Roger Chennells

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-90-481-3123-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)