Biodiversity & Biosafety
Biological diversity has become alarmingly degraded in the last few decades, to the extent that species extinction is estimated to be occurring nearly 1000 times faster than baseline levels. Trends may continue increasing this century, making the ‘anthropocene’ one of the six biggest extinctions in our planet's history. With the signature of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), and the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Protocol to the UN CBD Biosafety Protocol, alongside the adoption of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, there is new impetus towards conservation and sustainable development of biological resources. With many countries and regions in the process of reforming their laws and institutions to implement these international instruments for sustainable development, there is a pressing need for legal expertise, research and advice in this emerging field of research and education.