Sovereignty, conservation and sustainable use

Chris Willmore

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The Convention on Biological Diversity approach to conservation and sustainable use is rooted in sovereignty. This chapter explores the limitations of such an approach and the opportunities it provides for contextualised approaches. It explores the role of regional agreements and the gradual movement from approaches based upon acceptance of sovereignty to challenges to national sovereignty over natural resources. It considers the extent to which the current international rules on conservation and on sustainable use are constraining national sovereignty or providing a protected space for national action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law
Subtitle of host publicationVolume III: Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law
EditorsJona Razaqque, Elisa Morgera
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781783474257
ISBN (Print)9781786436986
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameElgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Structured keywords

  • Cabot Institute


  • sovereignty, sustainable use, common concern, co-operation, mercantilism.
  • biodiversity


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