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The role of traditional knowledge and access to genetic resources in biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia

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posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Christoph Antons
The article examines international treaties linking trade and environment, their governance models and implementation in the context of Southeast Asia. Particular attention is being paid to the role of intellectual property concepts, customary law and traditional knowledge as incentives for biodiversity conservation and to difficulties in defining the subject matter and communities of knowledge holders. Indonesia’s regulation of traditional knowledge and access to biodiversity is discussed as example. The article concludes that national development goals and interests in royalty collection frequently dominate the discussion and that key concepts are still insufficiently defined to avoid overlaps and conflicts. Genuine local support for the conservationist aims of the models will depend on whether a benefit flow to communities can be ensured and their original role to act as incentives can be realised. International collaboration is important to avoid disputes concerning biodiversity related knowledge held across borders.

History

Journal

Biodiversity and conservation

Volume

19

Issue

4

Pagination

1189 - 1204

Publisher

Springer-Verlag

Location

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISSN

0960-3115

eISSN

1572-9710

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Springer-Verlag