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Canada’s environmental policies must respect Aboriginal traditional knowledge

The Government of Canada has launched a review of the federal environmental and regulatory processes. As part of this strategy, The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna has created a four-member expert panel to undertake the review. Consultations will be held across Canada beginning in September 2016, allowing the panel members to take…
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Expanding the Debate: A Licensing Scheme for Traditional Knowledge?

Traditional knowledge (TK) often helps researchers to locate, understand, and usefully apply genetic resources extracted from plants and animals. In some cases, TK provides the basis for cartographic insights and data on a wide range of otherwise inaccessible information. However, one of the sources of disquiet about TK is the perception that it is sometimes…
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Regulating marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction

Marine genetic resources are likely to be useful for the development of new drugs, compounds, for use in food and industrial process, among others. For both pharmaceutical companies and researchers, this offers an opportunity to engage in marine bioprospecting, by searching for new genes and biomolecules of plants and animals located in oceans. Despite the…
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Progress made, but much work remains: 30th WIPO IGC on genetic resources

As noted in this post from last week, WIPO recently wrapped up the 30th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore (IGC) in Geneva, Switzerland.    The focus of the 3oth IGC was Genetic Resources (GR), with WIPO members seeking to advance the current draft text on a possible…
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