Community Biocultural Protocols: Building mechanisms for access and benefit-sharing among the communities of the Potato Park based on Quechua customary norms
ANDES, IIED, The Potato Park, October 2011

Launched during the meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j), this publication offers an example of best practice in relation to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS. The Potato Park communities in Peru are deeply committed to the conservation of biocultural resources, associated knowledge, and indigenous rights, and undertook this research to further investigate the role of customary norms and institutions in the protection of traditional knowledge and resources. The development of a Biocultural Protocol, in the form of the Inter-community Agreement for Equitable Access and Benefit Sharing, is the result of their efforts. In addition to providing a valuable example of effective community-based protection of TK and genetic or biological resources in praxis, this initiative is also one of only a handful of examples worldwide of working models that stem directly from customary laws and norms. Download the report [pdf] …