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Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity Conservation : An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Values of Medicinal Plants - Timothy Swanson

Intellectual Property Rights and Biodiversity Conservation

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Values of Medicinal Plants

By: Timothy Swanson (Editor)

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Published: 24th August 1998
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The urgent need to ensure the conservation of biological diversity is now widely recognised, but practical measures to protect endangered species and habitats are still carried out on a small scale and generally limited to developed countries. This volume provides a detailed analysis of the economic and scientific rationales for biodiversity conservation. It discusses the justification for, and implementation of intellectual property rights regimes as incentive systems to encourage conservation. An interdisciplinary approach is used in the book, encompassing fields of study that include evolutionary biology, chemistry, economics and legal studies. The arguments are presented using the case study of the use of medicinal plants in the pharmaceutical industry. The book will be of interest and relevance to a broad spectrum of conservationists, from research students to policy makers.

'The property rights issue is exceptionally thorny, and it is clarified by this welcome book.' Norman Myers, The Times Higher Education Supplement

List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Diversity and sustainability: evolution, information and institutions Timothy Swanson
Plant Communities and the Generation of Information
Chemical diversity in plants Linda Fellows and Anthony Scofield
Ethnobotany and the search for balance between use and conservation
The Value of Plant-Generated Information in Pharmaceuticals
The pharmaceutical discovery process
The role of plant screening and plant supply in biodiversity conservation, drug development and health care
The economic value of plant-based pharmaceuticals
The Institutions for Regulating Information from Diversity
The appropriation of evolution's values: an institutional analysis of intellectual property regimes and biodiversity conservation
Preserving biodiversity: the role of property rights
The Importance of Cultural Diversity in Biodiversity Conservation
Medicinal plants, indigenous medicine and conservation of biodiversity in
Biodiversity and the conservation of medicinal plants: issues from the perspective of the developing world
Index
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ISBN: 9780521635806
ISBN-10: 0521635802
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th August 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39