Botswana to develop policy to protect traditional knowledge
SciDev.net, 25 August 2011

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Botswana is developing a policy to protect, preserve and promote its indigenous knowledge and mainstream it into the country’s macro-economic framework. Development of the policy will involve identifying, documenting and gathering local traditional knowledge practices, including agriculture, health, culture and religious beliefs, and then feeding them into a legislative framework. “The initiative is intended to bring economic empowerment through benefit-sharing and [providing] royalties to communities rich in indigenous knowledge,” said Oabona Monngakgotla, the project’s manager. Read the article …

IK to support economic expansion
The Business Diary, 24 August 2011

GABORONE, BOTSWANA: As Botswana forges ahead with efforts to diversify the economy, a step back to evaluate the potential of indigenous knowledge (IK) towards economic growth is being taken. The country’s government is initiating an 18-month project expected to help formulate an indigenous knowledge policy that will address the uniqueness and complexity of indigenous or traditional knowledge to promote a coordinated national indigenous knowledge research and development agenda. Read the article …

Namibia: Traditional Authorities Welcome Benefit Sharing Bill
allAfrica.com, 29 August 2011

WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA: Namibian traditional authorities say the Draft Access and Benefit Sharing Bill is long overdue, as traditional communities have been exploited long enough. Topnaar Chief, Seth Kooitjie, made the remark at the National Consultative Workshop on Access and Benefit Sharing to Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Draft Bill, recently. Access and benefit sharing is intended to place developing countries in a better position to profit from their resources and to provide incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of their biodiversity. Read the article …

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