Information for G01090
Research planning workshop (Cusco, 2005). Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices
The five day workshop brought together research partners from India, China, Kenya, Panama and Peru to develop a Common Research Framework to link the diverse case studies. This is critical if the project is to generate meaningful lessons for, and have an impact on, policies for protection of traditional knowledge. The project encompasses diverse local case studies, in terms of their cultural, socio- ecological and political contexts, and could easily diverge unless guided by a common framework. The workshop focused on the following activities: · Reviewing key terms and standards in international policies to identify gaps and opportunities for TK protection. · Defining key terms and concepts to ensure a common understanding, and inform international policy processes based on locally relevant definitions. · Learning about the methodology of Andes for research on customary law and their work to establish the Potato Park as a sui generis mechanism for TK protection. · Field visits to the Potato Park and a barter market based on customary law.
· Developing a shared conceptual framework for research, and identifying common research themes.
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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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Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge