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Advancing biodiversity research in developing countries: the need for changing paradigms

Barber, Paul H and Ablan-Lagman, Ma Carmen A and Ambariyanto, A and Berlinck, Roberto GS and Cahyani, Dita and Crandall, Eric D and Ravago-Gotanco, Rachel and Antonette Juinio-Menez, Marie and Mahardika, Ngurah IG and Shanker, Kartik and Starger, Craig J and Toha, Abdul Hamid A and Anggoro, Aji W and Willette, Demian A (2014) Advancing biodiversity research in developing countries: the need for changing paradigms. In: BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, 90 (1). pp. 187-210.

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The world is in the midst of a biodiversity crisis, threatening essential goods and services on which humanity depends. While there is an urgent need globally for biodiversity research, growing obstacles are severely limiting biodiversity research throughout the developing world, particularly in Southeast Asia. Facilities, funding, and expertise are often limited throughout this region, reducing the capacity for local biodiversity research. Although western scientists generally have more expertise and capacity, international research has sometimes been exploitative ``parachute science,'' creating a culture of suspicion and mistrust. These issues, combined with misplaced fears of biopiracy, have resulted in severe roadblocks to biodiversity research in the very countries that need it the most. Here, we present an overview of challenges to biodiversity research and case studies that provide productive models for advancing biodiversity research in developing countries. Key to success is integration of research and education, a model that fosters sustained collaboration by focusing on the process of conducting biodiversity research as well as research results. This model simultaneously expands biodiversity research capacity while building trust across national borders. It is critical that developing countries enact policies that protect their biodiversity capital without shutting down international and local biodiversity research that is essential to achieve the long-term sustainability of biodiversity, promoting food security and economic development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ROSENSTIEL SCH MAR ATMOS SCI, 4600 RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY, MIAMI, FL 33149 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 07:21
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 07:21
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48889

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