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Some Insights on the Legal Measures for Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources in Nigeria

Muzan, Menes



This article analyzes the effectiveness of Nigeria’s genetic resources regime as an appropriate measure to engender adequate conservation and sustain-able use of biodiversity, particularly in the face of global economic realities, best practices and emerging trends in international environmental law. Nigeria has enormous biodiversity and is a state party to several multilateral environmental agreements that emphasize the significance of access and benefit sharing as avenues for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The underpinning value elements of biodiversity as life support systems for millions of Nigerians therefore re-quire serious consideration in national policy and legislation. Until recently, environmental protection, and by implication, biodiversity conservation, seemed to lag behind other sectors in domestic policy and legislative reforms. Effective domestic measures for the overreaching environmental objectives of conserving and facilitating access to genetic resources as well as supporting the sharing of the benefits in a fair and equitable manner in order to enhance the benefits of biodiversity and ecosystem services to human societies is increasingly imperative.


Muzan, M. (2017). Some Insights on the Legal Measures for Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources in Nigeria. Verfassung und Recht in Übersee/Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 50(1), 30-53

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2017
Publication Date Apr 1, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2023
Journal Verfassung und Recht in Übersee
Print ISSN 0506-7286
Publisher Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 1
Pages 30-53
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