The international policies for biodiversity protection are based on a series of contradictions: --local wildlife managmenet and privatization undermined by trade prohibitions and restrictions --lack of monitoring and implementation interspersed by measures of strict enforcement that violate human rights --an international gene bank system that stumbles to fulfill its mandate through a maze of national controls over germplasm resources
These contradictions accompanied with a lack of urgency and funding are evidence that biodiversity protection is of low priority status in the agenda of many states. States have been disinterested in developing a coherent framework for addressing biodiversity protection.
The purpose of "Biodiversity and Human Rights" is to provide such framework -- a framework that is based on what realistically can be achieved by international law in the area of biodiversity protection., The causes of biodiversity loss run deep into the conditions of poverty in the developing world. It would involve a radical change of many natioanal and international policies in favor of the poor and disenfranchised.