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Technological Innovations Tackling Biodiversity Loss: Solutions or Misdirection?


Using original data derived from the thematic analysis of three international agreements and the 2016 Conference of the Parties (COP) and Meeting of the Parties (MOP) Decisions, this article examines the incorporation of technology and technological innovation in the biological diversity regime. It finds that that the biodiversity regime incorporates discourses of ecological modernisation and prioritises technological innovation for biodiversity loss, particularly in the 2016 COP and MOP Decisions.

The empirical analysis indicates that themes regarding progress, 'improving' the environment and the role of technology in mediating economic growth and development are embedded in references to technology and technological innovation. Drawing on an ecofeminist perspective, this article examines how these themes highlight the prioritisation of technological innovation to prevent biodiversity loss. The author concludes that this prioritisation inhibits opportunities to fully engage with developing alternative approaches towards resolving environmental problems as these approaches require a re-evaluation of the societal institutions and practices that exploit and destroy the non-human environment.

Published: 2019-09-02
Pages:100 to 128
Section: Articles
How to Cite
Wilkinson Cross, Kate. 2019. “Technological Innovations Tackling Biodiversity Loss: Solutions or Misdirection?”. Law, Technology and Humans 1 (September):100-128.

Author Biography

VC2020 Senior Lecturer in Law. Leicester De Montfort Law School, De Montfort University, Leicester

Kate received her PhD at Sheffield University in 2016. Her research intersects international environmental law and ecofeminist theory. Since joining DMU, her research has focused on critiquing the underying values, beliefs and assumptions that shape the biodiversity, climate change and desertification regimes. She has published two chapters setting out the value of ecofeminist critiques for international law and is currently completing empirical analysis of technology related COP decisions in the desertification and biodiversity regimes.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2652-4074