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BENELEX Report Summary

Project ID: 335592
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - BENELEX (Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy - the role of law)

The project is clarifying the role of law in addressing equity issues in tackling global environmental challenges, such as in context of conservation efforts, in the sustainable use of natural resources and in the progress of scientific knowledge on the environment. The project has focused on better understanding the legal tool of fair and equitable benefit-sharing as a participatory, ongoing process in identifying and allocating economic and non-economic benefits among State and non-State actors, with an emphasis on vulnerable actors. In other words, benefit-sharing differs from unidirectional (likely top-down), one-off flows of benefits, and rather aims at developing a common understanding of what benefits are at stake, how they should be shared and with whom. Accordingly, benefit-sharing appears geared towards building consensus and laying the foundation for a partnership among different actors in tackling global environmental challenges. The project is investigating how the relationships between international environmental and human rights law, national laws, and the customary laws of indigenous peoples and local communities play out in the pursuit of fair and equitable benefit-sharing. At this stage, the project has clarified the different aspects of the role of international law in supporting fair and equitable benefit-sharing more generally. The project has also clarified more specific legal opportunities and bottlenecks to fairly and equitably sharing benefits in relation to agricultural research and development, the use of traditional knowledge to contribute to climate science and climate change responses, and the advancement of environment-related scientific research.

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