SCELG Affiliates Guest-edit Special Issue of the Asian Bioethics Review

April 2019: Claire Lajaunie and Pierre Mazzega, SCELG Affiliates are guest editors of a special issue of the Asian Bioethics Review on the Ethics of Biodiversity Conservation.

As biodiversity is now being lost at an alarming rate, to an extent that some scientists refer to the current period as the 6th (or Anthropocene) Mass Extinction, conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems are highly promoted across many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Concurrently, the link between biodiversity and human health is increasingly recognized – as in SDG 3 on health – underlining the importance of considering health in an integrative manner, taking into account not only human health but also animal and environmental health in a One Health perspective.

Asian Bioethics Review

Several ethical questions arise from biodiversity conservation itself, but also from the interdisciplinary research so crucial to biodiversity conservation, and from the use of research in science and policy dialogues. Some of the ethical questions resulting from the most recent scientific investigations are considered in this special issue, by specialists of various research areas (law, ecology, anthropology, modelling and scenarios, sociology) involved in biodiversity conservation. It reflects tensions between conservation and development choices that are translated into ethical problems by the researchers.

The various articles concern marine protected areas in Brazil, the use of technoscience in biodiversity conservation, operation of rewilding of specific species (elephants), scenarios and models for biodiversity conservation or more generally the integrity and congruence of the ethics of research on biodiversity conservation.

All these specific issues have a link with the academic research conducted at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) whether it relates to biodiversity, climate change, forests, oceans & fisheries, land & food, water, human rights or environmental justice.

This special issue has shown that it was necessary to:

  • Involve all stakeholders into a reflection about ethics of biodiversity conservation research;
  • Develop an ethical thinking about integrative research and its use for biodiversity conservation;
  • Promote an ethical reflection grounded in practical issues;
  • Consider the specificity of each research context.

The publisher allows you to read all articles completely and online, even if you do not have a subscription by clicking on the title of the article.

Next Steps

SCELG is built on an agenda-setting research cutting across traditional disciplinary boundaries. With this special issue SCELG Afffiliates aim at opening a debate among SCLEG researchers and their partners about an ethical approach of their research.