Canada: Indigenous Knowledge on A Rebound: Bringing Hope for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change MitigationRecent years have seen new efforts ranging from the government to researchers and even software developers, to include Indigenous traditional knowledge (TK) in conservation and sustainability policy. These efforts show promise for not just Indigenous peoples, but for the society writ large, and demonstrate a newfound appreciation for the value of traditional knowledge and the unique insights it can…Read More
WIPO Expert Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Takes Another Look at Draft Genetic Resources Text in 2018You can find my reflections on the 34th Session of WIPO here and here. For the 35th time in 18 years, experts have yet again gathered at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva where they are scheduled to remain in deliberation between March 19 and 23, 2018. This meeting of the WIPO expert committee on…Read More
- One of the most important precursors to successful ABS regimes are communities that have the capacity and resources to develop their own protocols. To this end, there are multiple organizations that help promote and develop ABS capacity-building and implementation around the world. These organizations inform governments, practitioners, Indigenous communities, and more to understand and work together to implement ABS…Read More
What is the best way to ensure Aboriginal-sensitive access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources?
We are holding a series of focus groups across the country. Representatives from Aboriginal communities and organizations, governments, civil society, and the private sector will gather to discuss how best to protect Aboriginal interests through access and benefit sharing policies.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently seeking applicants…