Traditional knowledge in context
Krystyna Swiderska
IIED, July 2011

This briefing reflects on IIED’s work to assist indigenous and local communities to protect their rights over traditional knowledge. It showcases how “biocultural heritage” offers a framework for protecting community rights and biodiversity. It presents their work with indigenous farmers in the Peruvian Andes, southwest China, the Eastern Himalayas and central India, and with traditional healers in Kenya, Panama and Andhra Pradesh, India, to explore customary laws and practices for sharing knowledge and benefits, and to develop local tools for protecting “biocultural heritage”. Download the briefing [pdf] …