Sourcing with Respect: Biodiversity in Law and Practice

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Sourcing with Respect: Biodiversity in Law and Practice

Join Maria Julia Oliva for a special guest lecture at USC about how biodiversity is addressed in international agreements. Julia is the Deputy Director and Senior Coordinator for ABS (access and benefit sharing) and Policy for the Ethical Bio trade (UEBT), a non-profit association that promotes sourcing with respect. Julia has been with UEBT since 2009 and is a trained lawyer and a global expert on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

Sourcing with Respect: Biodiversity in Law and Practice

What shampoo do you use? If it has natural ingredients – and it probably does – your choice of personal care products may be both giving you shiny hair and advancing a set of legal requirements and best practices on biodiversity.

International law recognises that protecting biodiversity requires its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of resulting benefits. Business, with its reliance and impacts on biodiversity, is a key player in these dynamics. Though the private sector has been described as “the least engaged” of stakeholders in biodiversity, several companies are now pioneering practices that advance conservation, sustainable management and the rights and interest of local actors.

Join us to hear about how biodiversity is currently addressed in international agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing and national laws and regulations and how it is protected in practice in projects and supply chains in Brazil, South Africa, Madagascar and other countries.

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