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Biodiversity Access and Benefit-Sharing Policies for Protected Areas: An Introduction

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Protected area managers are increasingly confronted with ABS cases, and have adopted different strategies to dealing with them. The ABS framework, which includes protected area ABS policies as well as national and international law, provides the legal and regulatory mechanisms necessary to realise the often–touted ‘option values’ of genetic resources. It also provides protected area managers with bearings and direction at a time when perceptions and practices associated with biodiversity research and bioprospecting, genetic resources, and protected areas are undergoing rapid and dramatic change. This UNU/IAS report has been prepared to assist protected area managers in addressing these rapidly evolving issues.

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