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Use it or lose it: protecting the traditional knowledge, genetic resources and customary laws of marginal farmers in Southwest China

This report provides the findings and lessons of the action research project “Protecting Community Rights over Traditional Knowledge: Implications of Customary Laws and Practices in Guangxi, Southwest China”. The project, which started in 2004, sought to: explore customary laws, values and practices relating to
plant genetic resources (PGR) and traditional knowledge (TK) with local communities; develop innovative practices and local tools for PGR and TK protection; and inform national policy and legislation. It builds on an ongoing participatory plant breeding (PPB) project in southwest China, which started in 2000 and worked on PGR conservation and improvement with breeding institutes and local farmers.

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  • IIED code: G02787
  • Published: Oct 2010 - IIED
  • Area: China
  • Theme: Biodiversity
  • Language: English

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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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