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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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