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The Nagoya Protocol: "A disagreement reduced to writing"

Simon Crompton, London

Although the protocol on biodiversity agreed last week in Nagoya, Japan was heralded as a breakthrough, many of its controversial points were fudged or excluded in a last-minute attempt to reach agreement.

“It’s hard to know what a lot of the language means,” says Tim Roberts, a UK patent attorney who has been involved with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 1993.

“I expect we will be arguing over some...

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