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Protecting Traditional Knowledge from the Grassroots Up

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dc.contributor.author Swiderska, Krystyna
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-09T15:37:49Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-09T15:37:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6268
dc.description.abstract "For indigenous peoples round the world, traditional knowledge based on natural resources such as medicinal herbs forms the core of culture and identity. But this wealth of knowledge is under pressure. Indigenous communities are increasingly vulnerable to eviction, environmental degradation and outside interests eager to monopolise control over their traditional resources. Intellectual property rights such as patents, however, sit uneasily with traditional knowledge. Their commercial focus wars with fundamental indigenous principles such as resource access and sharing. Local customary law offers a better fit, and findings in China, India, Kenya, Panama and Peru show how this pairing can work in practice. The research has identified common elements, and key differences, in customary law that should be informing policy on traditional knowledge and genetic resources." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries IIED Briefing en_US
dc.subject indigenous knowledge en_US
dc.subject intellectual property rights en_US
dc.subject customary law en_US
dc.title Protecting Traditional Knowledge from the Grassroots Up en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US

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