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En busca de una lengua común: Participación indígena en el desarrollo de un régimen de protección sui generis para el conocimiento tradicional en el Perú

Krystyna Swiderska, Brendan Tobin

Book/Report, 45 pages

Peru was the first country to develop a sui generis regime to protect the traditional knowledge of its indigenous people. This report examines the process of indigenous participation in the development of the law (1996-2000), which culminated in the training of indigenous facilitators and preparation of information materials for consultation at regional level. Peru's experience highlights the critical need for broad and active indigenous participation in order to ensure that their rights as traditional knowledge holders are fully and effectively protected, and to avoid the risk of designing measures that could accelerate the loss of traditional knowledge. The report also identifies recommendations for securing indigenous participation in policy making, including key principles and steps.

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