Wednesday, January 20, 2010


PUBLICATION: Protecting Community Rights over Traditional Knowledge

A recent publication from IIED presents key findings and recommendations on protecting community rights over traditional knowledge:

Since January 2005, this action-research project has focused on developing alternative tools to protect traditional knowledge (TK) which are rooted in local customary laws rather than based on existing Intellectual Property standards. The project explored customary laws, values and practices relating to TK and biodiversity with indigenous and local communities in Peru, Panama, India, China and Kenya; and developed local tools for protecting TK and biocultural systems. This publication presents the project's objectives methodology, key findings and recommendations for TK and for the international ABS regime. It also includes 6 country case studies.

The publication is available for download here.

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