In 1992 the international community adopted the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which aims to protect biodiversity whilst still making it accessible to researchers. Benefit sharing provisions within the CBD framework recognise that the custodians of biodiversity - often indigenous communities in developing countries - are entitled to a share in the benefits of its development. Often this takes the form of royalties paid into trust funds, for example in the cases of the San peoples of Southern Africa, and the Kani people in India.
However such trusts often face considerable practical difficulties, including governance issues.
The project will:
Prof. Doris Schroeder, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
Dr David Coles, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
Roger Chennells, San legal advisor, South Africa.
This research project is funded by the Wellcome Trust .
April 2009 - February 2010
The project team carried out interviews in Australia, Botswana and Namibia.
Roger Chennells and Doris Schroeder with Kuela Kiema, Director of San Museum Botswana