The Ecosystem Approach Under the Convention on Biological Diversity: A Legal Research Agenda
E Morgera, 'Ecosystem and Precautionary Approaches' in J Razzaque and E Morgera (eds), Encyclopedia of Environmental Law: Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law (EE, 2016), Forthcoming
Scottish Centre for International Law Working Paper Series No. 7
16 Pages Posted: 30 May 2015
Date Written: May 29, 2015
The ecosystem approach can be considered the landmark regulatory strategy of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity-related conventions. But legal scholarship is surprisingly thin with regard to the status and implications of the ecosystem approach. This article discusses the evolution of the ecosystem approach under the Convention on Biological Diversity, and analyses its inter-related components, including its role in ensuring mutual supportiveness among biodiversity-related conventions, as well as with international human rights law. The article concludes by identifying overarching legal questions for future research.
Keywords: ecosystem approach, precautionary approach/principle, adaptive management, benefit-sharing, human rights, climate change, mutual supportiveness
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