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close this bookBiodiversity Prospecting - A World Resources Institute Book (WRI, 1993, 352 pages)
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Open this folder and view contentsI. A New Lease on Life
Open this folder and view contentsII. Costa Rica's Conservation Program and National Biodiversity Institute (INBio)
Open this folder and view contentsIII. Biodiversity Prospecting by INBio
Open this folder and view contentsIV. Contracts for Biodiversity Prospecting1
Open this folder and view contentsV. Research Management Policies: Permits for Collecting and Research in the Tropics
Open this folder and view contentsVI. An Intellectual Property Rights Framework for Biodiversity Prospecting
Open this folder and view contentsVII. Policy Options for Scientific and Technological Capacity-Building
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 1 - The Role of the Parataxonomists, Inventory Managers, and Taxonomists in Costa Rica's National Biodiversity Inventory
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 2 - Biodiversity Prospecting Contract
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 3 - The Convention on Biological Diversity and Intellectual Property Rights
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex 4 - United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
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About the Institutions

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute is a research and policy organization helping governments, the private sector, environmental and development organizations, and others address a fundamental question: How can societies meet human needs and nurture economic growth while preserving the natural resources and environmental integrity on which life and economic vitality ultimately depend?

WRI's books and reports present accurate information about global resources and environmental conditions, analyses of emerging issues, and creative yet workable policy responses. To deepen public understanding, the institute also undertakes briefings, seminars, and conferences and offers material for use in print and broadcast media.

In developing countries, WRI provides field services and technical support for governments and nongovernmental organizations working to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources. For further information contact WRI, 1709 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. Tel: 202/638-6300, Fax: 202/638-0036.

The National Biodiversity Institute (INBio)

The National Biodiversity Institute (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, or INBio) is a private non-profit Costa Rican institution dedicated to the conservation of the country's wildland biodiversity through facilitating its use as a resource for society's intellectual and sustainable economic development. INBio operates under the assumption that a developing tropical society will succeed in conserving a major portion of its wildland biodiversity only if this area can generate enough intellectual and economic income to pay for its upkeep and also contribute to the national economy in rough proportion to its area.

Costa Rica's history of several decades of classical conservation has provided the raw materials for biodiversity conservation through non-destructive use. The next steps, for which INBio was created in 1989, are to determine what these raw materials are - through a direct and detailed inventory - and to facilitate their non-damaging use by all sectors of society. Requests for further information should be addressed to Dr. Rodrigo Gámez, Executive Director, INBio, Apdo. 22-3100, Santo Domingo, Heredia, Costa Rica. Tel: 506/36-7690, Fax: 506/36-2816.

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the world's endangered tropical forests. Our unique mission is to develop and promote sound economic alternatives to tropical deforestation. These alternatives are designed in concert with local people, to develop forest products and businesses that offer long-term, stable income for people living in or near forests. An important part of this work involves educating the public, in the U.S. and the tropics, about what they can do to help save the remaining tropical forests before it's too late.

Contact Rainforest Alliance, 65 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012-2420, Tel: 212/677-1900, Fax: 212/677-2187.

African Centre for Technology Studies

The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is an international non partisan, not-for-profit institution established to conduct policy research, provide training, offer advice and disseminate information on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. The Centre operates through its head- quarters in Nairobi and the ACTS Biopolicy Institute at Maastricht, The Netherlands. Requests for further information should be addressed to African Centre for Technology Studies, P.O. Box 45917, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel: 254-2/744047, Fax 743995.

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