Biopiracy: protecting genetic resources in developing countries
European Parliament release, 6 December 2012

STRASBOURG, FRANCE: Plants with medicinal properties are increasingly being used to create new medicines, but the indigenous people who first identified these features seldom get to share the profits. This is sometimes referred to as biopiracy and on 6 December, the development committee of the European Parliament adopted a report by French Green MEP Catherine Grèze setting out how it could be tackled. Ms Grèze proposes in her report a number of measures the EU could take to ensure that developing countries can benefit from their genetic resources and traditional knowledge. According to her, the EU should: adopt the Nagoya protocol on access and benefit-sharing, which aims to promote fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources; introduce a new legal framework for granting patents, which would include requirements to disclose where ingredients for a product come from, and to prove that the ingredients were acquired in a fair and legitimate way; and assist developing countries in establishing the institutions required to benefit from genetic resources and traditional knowledge. Read the release … Download the report [pdf] …

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