Framing and Reframing of Biodiversity in International Governance
Nature protection and sustainable use of biological resources have been on the political
agenda for over a century, but the loss of biodiversity is still accelerating. It is thus
important to better understand limits and potentials of the architecture of biodiversity
governance. This paper analyzes the evolution of international biodiversity governance
in order to reveal when and why new ways of framing biodiversity have been established.
It notes that the framing of biodiversity has shifted many times and that today’s governance
architecture features several competing views that link to politically contentious
issues such as sovereignty and resource rights. The analysis also shows that arenas for
science-policy dialogues have been important for including broader societal concerns in
discussions of conservation, which has made biodiversity governance a leader in identifying
issues that have become central to global sustainability governance, including attention
to developing country priorities, equity and participation by local stakeholders.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011.