The dry forests, cloud forests, and rainforests where I live in Costa Rica absorbed Hurricane Mitch without a blink, just as they do a visit by 2,500 schoolchildren a year, just as they absorb biodiversity prospecting
, just as they absorb you on your bird-watching honeymoon.
An ethobotanically based (indigenous uses of plants) biodiversity prospecting
initiative identifies and screens tropical plants for potential medicinal uses on an international scale.
The bulk of the Conservation Area would be devoted, exclusively and in perpetuity, to non-destructive uses--tourism, science, and biodiversity prospecting
(as the search for useful genes and chemicals among living organisms is known).
A recent book incorporating contributions from several noted biologists, legal scholars, and officials at biodiversity prospecting organizations suggests that by undertaking a greater share of the activities--and costs--of product development, source country organizations also can capture a greater share of the value added (Reid et al.
Dozens of private and public organizations currently engage in biodiversity prospecting activities (see Reid et al.
Obviously, a seller must develop some domestic capacity if it wishes to realize any economic returns from biodiversity prospecting.
The substantial growth in biodiversity prospecting has fostered the establishment of a number of intermediaries.
What should these regulations look like if they are to ensure that biodiversity prospecting lives up to its promise?
The Convention on Biological Diversity will become an important foundation for sustainable and equitable biodiversity prospecting programs.
("bioprospecting") refers to the search for valuable compounds that exist in the natural environment and are adaptable to human needs.
Juma, Biodiversity Prospecting
, World Resources Institute, Washington, D.
This pioneering research project, an interdisciplinary collaboration among botanists, chemists, pharmacologists and health professionals, implements a large-scale biodiversity prospecting
program within the United States.