Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

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

Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2015/17

16 Pages Posted: 30 May 2015  

Elisa Morgera

Strathclyde Law School; University of Edinburgh

Date Written: May 29, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Morgera, Elisa, The Ecosystem Approach Under the Convention on Biological Diversity: A Legal Research Agenda (May 29, 2015). 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; Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2015/17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2611918 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2611918

Elisa Morgera (Contact Author)

Strathclyde Law School ( email )

Lord Hope Building
141 St James Rd
Glasgow 1XQ, Scotland
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironmentallawgovernance/

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/staff/elisamorgera/

Paper statistics

Downloads
299
Rank
84,807
Abstract Views
881