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Benefit Sharing and Traditional Knowledge: Unsolved Dilemmas for Implementation.
This event is part of the Voices for BioJustices webinar series
Benefit sharing and traditional knowledge: unsolved dilemmas for implementation
Presenters: Graham Dutfield, Sarah Ives
Panelists: Siva Thambisetty, Sthembile Ndwandwe, Alejandro Argumedo
Moderator: Rachel Wynberg
Conveners: Graham Dutfield, Rachel Wynberg, and Sarah Laird
Co-convened with the Swift Foundation
Coordination: Gabriela Alvarez and Jaci van Niekerk
International, regional and national policies increasingly recognise the rights of traditional knowledge holders and the importance of measures to address biopiracy concerns. However, after almost 30 years of exploring benefit sharing from traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, few benefits as conceived under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Nagoya Protocol have resulted for indigenous and local communities.
While there are many contributing factors, this webinar focuses on one: the challenges of identifying the attribution or origin of traditional knowledge, including the question of who has “priority” over others for any benefits that are shared.
The complexity and attention that these issues require is not easily dealt with at a policy level. It requires comprehensive social research, savvy policy-makers, and considerable political maneuvering. The answers are not always appetizing and do not have mass political appeal. Nor do they have easily implementable solutions. This webinar provides a platform to discuss these issues and identify alternative approaches for equity and social justice.
The webinar will run for 1 hour 30 minutes, including an opportunity for questions and answers to the panel.
Presenters will include:
Moderator: Rachel Wynberg — Bioeconomy Research Chair. Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town.
In a series of videos we explore these issues in more depth with a range of individuals. We invite you to watch the Voices for BioJustice video series The challenge of attribution and origin: traditional knowledge and access and benefit sharing.
For further information contact Gabriela Alvarez: