The access and benefit-sharing (ABS) policy process of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and wider discussions about the ethical and conservation issues arising from the commercial use of biodiversity and traditional knowledge, depend upon a well-developed understanding of the activities known broadly as 'bioprospecting'. However, the pace at which our understanding of genetic and other biological resources is accelerating, and market and industry trends are also undergoing constant change.
This book provides information and insights into current practices and trends in biodiversity research and bioprospecting, including for potential medicines, food and cosmetics. It presents background information on markets, research and development, and explores recent extraordinary developments in science and technology and their implications for ABS policy development and implementation. The authors present a brief history of the commercial use of biodiversity, and review key trends across sectors. The book continues with chapters devoted to the main industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, agriculture, industrial process biotechnology and food and beverages. Each chapter includes explanatory boxes to describe key technologies and concepts which are less widely understood, as well as input from various stakeholders including industry representatives, NGOs and researchers. It concludes with a review of industry awareness of and engagement with the CBD, ABS and other policy processes. It is an invaluable resource for all concerned with commercial bioprospecting and the implementation of ABS laws and regulations, particularly in light of the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol.
SUCCESS IN LIFE is designed to sensitize its readers to what it takes to be successful in any one endeavor and in life generally. The author's reasoning is that success is an end-result. It is like the fruit that comes on top of a well-nurtured fruit tree. He says that success does not look for people, people must look for it. Plus, it cannot come out of a mere wish; the most powerful imagination that is not acted upon will not produce it. It is a product that comes out of a process. In one statement, the book is intended to motivate people to do everything they can to attain the very best of what they can be. It coaches and guides a reader to that effect. The book (18,000 words long) defines success and tells you the difference between successes in particular areas of life, which the author has termed "Micro successes" and comprehensive success, which he has termed "Macro success." It is the comprehensive or macro success that the book portrays as success in life. In addition, it suggests some qualities people should consider as requisites for success in life, and others which should be shunned as hindrances to it. The REQUISITES are: Faith in God, confidence, godliness, determination, optimism, diligence, planning, ability, focus, perseverance, patience, endurance, discipline, wisdom, etc. HINDRANCES are: weird lifestyle, recklessness, addictions, bad mannerisms, wickedness, laziness, pessimism, procrastination, fear, worry, folly, superstition, indiscipline, etc. The book helps the reader understand what truly makes for a successful and meaningful life.
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