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Conserving Biodiversity by Commercialization? A Model Framework for a Market for Genetic Resources

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  • Oliver Deke

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Since naturally occurring genetic information serves as a valuable input for biotechnological R&D, the private provision of genetic resources could generate income for the protection of biodiversity-rich areas. However, there has been a controversy over whether these potential revenues are sufficient to compensate for the costs of protection and, therefore, whether markets for genetic resources can effectively contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. In this paper, a market framework is developed to describe possible market outcomes, each with a different impact on conservation. It turns out that the market-induced incentives to conserve depend on the specific situation on the supply and demand side of the market.

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  • Oliver Deke, 2001. "Conserving Biodiversity by Commercialization? A Model Framework for a Market for Genetic Resources," Kiel Working Papers 1054, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1054
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    Keywords

    Biodiversity; Biotechnological R&D; Conservation; Genetic Resources; Land-Use.;
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    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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