--> Emerging Technologies in Biodiversity Governance: Gaps and Opportunities for Transformative Governance – Jesse Reynolds / international & technology environmental policy
with Florian Rabitz and Elsa Tsioumani
in Transforming Biodiversity Governance, Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers and Marcel Kok (eds.) (Cambridge University Press) 137-154
Publication year: 2022

Emerging technologies potentially have far-reaching impacts on the conservation, as well as the sustainable and equitable use, of biodiversity. Simultaneously, biodiversity itself increasingly serves as an input or source material for novel technological applications. In this chapter, we assess the relationship between the regime of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, or “the Convention”) and the governance of three sets of emerging technologies: geoengineering, synthetic biology and gene drives, as well as bioinformatics. The linkages between biodiversity and technology go beyond these cases, with, for example, geographic information systems, satellite imagery or possibly even blockchain technology playing potentially important roles for implementing the CBD’s objectives. Here, however, we focus on technologies that have been subject to extensive debate and rulemaking activity under the CBD.