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Canada: Indigenous Knowledge on A Rebound: Bringing Hope for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Mitigation

Recent 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…
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WIPO Expert Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Takes Another Look at Draft Genetic Resources Text in 2018

You 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…
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Some Key Actors in Promoting and Developing Aboriginal Capacity on ABS

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…
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Why the fuss about GM salmon? The impact of AquAdvantage on Indigenous Populations

GE Salmon, Mike Keefe, www.intoon.com What is genetically modified (GM) salmon? Genetically modified salmon are salmon that have had their genetic material mixed with genes from a number of different species. The effect of this manipulation is to double their growth rate and to enable these salmon to grow year-round. The GM salmon was first…
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