The Custodians of Biodiversity: Sharing Access to and Benefits of Genetic Resources
Manuel Ruiz and Ronnie Vernooy (eds), International Development Research Centre and Earthscan, 2012 | ISBN (ebook) 978-1-55250-532-8

This book addresses issues related to current threats to local and indigenous approaches to biodiversity conservation, crop improvement and natural resource management, and challenges related to the unsuitability of existing laws to protect indigenous and traditional knowledge and recognize collective rights. It outlines the national and international policy processes that are currently underway to protect local genetic resources and related traditional knowledge and the challenges these initiatives have faced. In particular, these themes are addressed within the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The authors broaden the policy and legal debates beyond the sphere of policy experts to include the knowledge-holders themselves, the custodians of biodiversity, including farmers, herders and fishers in local communities. The book presents this experience, including case studies from China, Cuba, Honduras, Jordan, Nepal, Peru and Syria. Download the book [pdf] …