A Weed by any Other Name: Would the Rose Smell as Sweet if it Were a Threat to Biodiversity?

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dc.contributor.author Riley, S
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:56:29Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation The Georgetown International Environmental Law ..., 2009, 22 (1), pp. 157 - 184
dc.identifier.issn 1042-1858
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10444
dc.description.abstract Defining and determining what amounts to an invasive alien species has always been a challenging task for states. In particular, where a species is regarded as a resource by one product sector or regime, but considered harmful by another sector or regime, States must often balance or compromise competing claims. Such is the case with respect to the emerging issue of biofuels. Biofuels which are plants from which precursor alcohols such as methanol and ethanol are distilled are seen by states as a potential solution to the problems of climate change and the energy crisis. Yet, many plant species that are promoted as efficient sources of biofuels are also amongst the worldâs worst invasive species. Effective IAS regimes need to be based on a variety of features, including the formulation of definitions that clearly articulate the object and parameters of regulation, as well as the political will to make definitions operational by implementing appropriate regulation. Without clarity of definition and political will, regulators face uncertainty with respect to the establishment of meaningful regimes. Although environmental instruments such as the CBD Guiding Principles and the IUCN Guidelines contain definitions of âinvasive alien speciesâ that are wide enough to include species considered a resource, States have not predominantly embraced these approaches. This hesitancy fundamentally reflects a lack of political will on the part of States to regard useful species as an actual or potentially invasive alien species â a situation that is set to reoccur in the case of biofuels.
dc.publisher Georgetown University Law Center
dc.title A Weed by any Other Name: Would the Rose Smell as Sweet if it Were a Threat to Biodiversity?
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent The Georgetown International Environmental Law ...
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 22
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Washington DC 20001 en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 157 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 184 en_US
dc.cauo.name LAW.Faculty of law en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1801 Law
dc.personcode 014305
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Law en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Invasive Alien Species, definition, Biofuels en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Law
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Law Research
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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