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Workshop report (Burnham Beeches, July 2009). Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices

Krystyna Swiderska

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This four day workshop brought together research partners from India, China, Peru and Kenya, along with invited experts (16 participants), in order to:

1. Share the findings of 7 case studies on customary laws and practices for traditional knowledge protection and access and benefit-sharing, conducted with different indigenous communities since 2005 (see Annex 2); 2. Identify common lessons to inform policy and practice - in particular, the development of the CBD’s International Regime on ABS (as called for in CBD COP Decision IX/12); and 3. Identify key issues for future research.

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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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