Conservation gene drive governance in Australia

Gene drive is a cutting-edge genetic technology, which has the potential to address pressing conservation problems. However, governance challenges associated with gene drive may prove significant, requiring careful consideration before the science becomes conservation policy.

A workshop held at the Centre for Policy Futures, in March 2020, brought together genomic scientists, social science scholars, government regulators and managers and an environmental NGO to explore:

(i) how and if gene drive might be useful in contributing to conservation in Australia, and

(ii) social and governance implications of such technology.

For more information, download the summary with key insights gained from the workshop.

Dr Pedro Fidelman
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences