Browse themes
About publications

Information for 14531IIED

Protecting indigenous knowledge against biopiracy in the Andes

Alejandro Argumedo, Michel Pimbert

Report/paper, 16 pages

This paper presents the Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Register, an approach developed by Andean communities in Peru in order to protect their knowledge against biopiracy and gain legal rights relating over their knowledge. The main objective of the register is to ensure the conservation, protection and promotion of indigenous peoples’ knowledge systems for sustaining their livelihoods and traditional resource rights. The Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Register, based on traditional Andean science and technology, also uses modern tools for collecting, documenting, storing, and administering the contents of the register.

Follow the links below for more about our work on Biocultural heritage.

Offsite Links

Link to other web page:

Publication information

  • IIED code: 14531IIED
  • Published: Dec 2006 - IIED
  • Area: Peru
  • Theme: Law
  • ISBN: 978-1-84369-645-2
  • Language: English

Download and Sharing

Free PDF 1,116k

Share with your network:

Project information

The current system of intellectual property rights is designed to promote commercial and scientific innovation. It offers little scope for protecting the knowledge rights of indigenous peoples, traditional farmers and healers, whose survival requires collective – not exclusive – access to new knowledge and innovations.

More at www.iied.org:
Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge

We use cookies to help improve this website. Clicking any link on this site will be taken as your consent to this.