Technological Innovations Tackling Biodiversity Loss: Solutions or Misdirection?

Date

2019-09-02

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

2652-4074

Volume Title

Publisher

Law, Technology and Humans

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

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.

Description

open access article

Keywords

Biodiversity, Ecofeminism, Ecological modernisation theory, Technology, Feminist theory

Citation

Wilkinson Cross, K. (2019) Technological Innovations Tackling Biodiversity Loss: Solutions or Misdirection? Law, Technology & Humans, 1 (1),

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Research Institute

Centre for Law, Justice and Society