Testing times: The effectiveness of Five International Biodiversity-Related Conventions

By Karin Baakman

The rapid decline of biological diversity as a result of human activities is a major challenge for the international community. National, regional, and international legislation has been introduced to halt this trend. This book reviews the effectiveness of the five most significant international biodiversity-related conventions: The Ramsar Convention, the World Heritage Convention, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, the Migratory Species Convention, and the Convention on Biological Diversity. A three-step approach is followed in this study. The first step comprises a survey of the concept of effectiveness with respect to international environmental agreements, which leads to a workable definition of effectiveness. The second step involves the development of a practical test - the Effectiveness Test - to determine the effectiveness of the five conventions in relation to the problems they intend to address. The final step concerns the actual examination and assessment of each individual convention on the basis of the Effectiveness Test. The findings are certainly worrying; these are testing times indeed.

490 pages

Publication Date: 9/1/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789058506801

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