Monthly Archives: May 2016

Legal Measures for Protecting Traditional Knowledge (TK)

There’s an increasing recognition that traditional knowledge practices and expressions are not simply ancient, old and outdated. They also offer creative and novel ways of integrating knowledge into modern life. Protecting traditional knowledge is essential because of the limitations in our conventional intellectual property (IP) system that often allow institutions to unfairly exploit traditional knowledge.…
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Ottawa Focus Group

From May 5-6, 2016, ABS Canada held the second of three scheduled capacity-building workshops and focus groups on Access and Benefit Sharing with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. The forum’s objectives included awareness-raising, capacity-building, and identification and discussion of issues relating to ABS in Canada from Aboriginal and other stakeholder perspectives. Insights collectively generated from this participatory forum…
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Drawn out battle over genetic resources dampens Africa’s hopes

The global South is full of significant, diverse biological and genetic resources. It’s also home to most of the world’s indigenous communities. This is why developing countries are sensitive about protecting their genetic resources and traditional knowledge.Indigenous communities enjoy a close relationship with nature. Genetic resources are central to producing their traditional knowledge. This drives…
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