It is our pleasure to present this book Beyond Access: Exploring Implementation of the Fair and Equitable Sharing Commitment in the CBD, written by Morten Walløe Tvedt and Tomme Rosanne Young, which is published as IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper (EPLP) No. 67/2. This book represents an important contribution to the body of ABS literature currently available and is provided at a critical time in the development of ABS as a functional concept and international regime. The IUCN EPLP series dates back to 1972, and has through 35 years maintained a high standard of legal scholarship and quality outputs.

The Fridtjof Nansen Institute is renowned for its work in international law and policy, and has produced a number of publications addressing ownership and benefit sharing in the field of biodiversity and genetic resources. This book is well in line with FNI's previous and projected contributions to the literature in this field.

The ABS Series, which includes this book, is the first “sub-series” within the EPLP series, designed in this way to maximize the usefulness and accessibility of these writings to the broad range of participants addressing the ABS challenges at both national and international levels. We believe that this Series offers a substantial contribution that will enable progress on an issue which has, to now, been stymied both by its complexity and by its controversial nature. It is only through the understanding of those complexities that consensus and useful compromise can be attained that will resolve the controversies and enable a functional system for achieving the all-important equity objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

We are sincere in our hope and belief that this book also represents another milestone in enhancing collaboration between IUCN and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

Dr. Alejandro Iza Peter Johan Schei
Director Director
IUCN Environmental Law Centre     Fridtjof Nansen Institute

September, 2007

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