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The Nagoya Protocol could backfire on the Global South

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Regulations designed to prevent global inequalities in the use of genetic resources apply to both commercial and non-commercial research. Conflating the two may have unintended consequences for collaboration between the Global North and biodiverse countries in the Global South, which may promote global injustice rather than mitigate it.

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We thank C. Schauz and S. I. Martinez for comments on the manuscript. This work was supported by the UZH Research Priority Program on ‘Global Change and Biodiversity’. F.A. was also supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant number PP00P3_150698).

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  1. Ethics Research Institute (ERI), University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

    • Anna Deplazes-Zemp
    •  & Peter Schaber
  2. Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

    • Samuel Abiven
    •  & Michael Schaepman
  3. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

    • Gabriela Schaepman-Strub
    • , Bernhard Schmid
    • , Kentaro K. Shimizu
    •  & Florian Altermatt
  4. Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Duebendorf, Switzerland

    • Florian Altermatt


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