This brief is produced as part of the scoping work in EQUINET on the distributional consequences for current and future wellbeing of projected trends in selected extractives. This paper focuses on trends in biodiversity and genetic resources and presents: The current situation and projected trends related to biodiversity and genetic resources in east and southern Africa (ESA); the implications for the health of current and future generations of these trends and the policy choices and alternatives to respond to these trends and the factors that influence policy design and uptake of choices. The biodiversity, genetic diversity of plants, animals and forests in ESA countries are declining at alarming rates, risking the health and wellbeing of populations in the region.Losses of biodiversity and genetic resources have led to poorer diets, poorer living conditions, encroachment on areas with animal populations and an erosion of wild foods and medicinal plants that raise the risk of chronic and zoonotic diseases and pandemics. Current policies have not reversed these trends, nor met the targets of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). The brief outlines the paradigm shift and policy options needed to address these trends.
Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Governance and participation in health
Title of publication Trends in extraction of biodiversity and genetic resources in east and southern Africa
Date of publication
biodiversity, genetic resources, extractives, projections; east and southern Africa
East and southern Africa region
Equinet Publication Type