This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated on 22 May 2010 under the theme “Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation.” Some releases touched upon issues of relevance to traditional knowledge.

IP Can Support Biodiversity
WIPO press release, 21 May 2010

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: On the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry underlined the Organization’s commitment to ensuring that the intellectual property system plays a positive role in safeguarding biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components and the sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. He highlighted that WIPO’s programme on traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions aims to empower States and indigenous and local communities to negotiate a fair share of benefits derived from the exploitation of biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge. Read the press release … 

Culture Integral to Agriculture
IPS, 21 May 2010

ROME, ITALY: Biodiversity in agriculture is about culture. Traditional knowledge and culture are as important as research and investment, say farmers, researchers and academics gathered in Rome for the International Day for Biodiversity. Read the article …

Farmers conserving biodiversity, aiding development and alleviating poverty
IFAP release, 21 May 2010

PARIS, FRANCE: The International Federation of Agricultural Producers celebrates the efforts are making to conserve biodiversity and attain the Millennium Development Goals. IFAP has developed a series of cases studies that highlight sustainable systems developed by farmers for combating and mitigating climate change, ranging from climate labeling in Sweden and a voluntary offset program to reward farmers for sustainable agricultural practices in the United States to optimizing water use in Palestine and developing crop rotation system and reforestation programs in Madagascar. Read the release, including links to case studies …