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Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: implications of customary laws and practices (emerging case study findings and recommendations)

The objective of this project is to assist indigenous and local communities to protect their rights over traditional knowledge relating to biodiversity, in accordance with their customary laws and practices. This document includes a project summary, recommendations and 8 short case studies.

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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.

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