International conference ‘Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: How can they be protected?’

International conference ‘Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: How can they be protected?’

Friday 7 June 2013, Paris

DDRI (the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relation), the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and the French National Library (BNF) are organizing a conference on biodiversity and traditional knowledge on 7 Jue 2013 in Paris. The conference will review and assess ongoing efforts aiming at protecting biocultural heritage and traditional knowledge that relates to biodiversity.

Its main objectives are:

  • to help clarifying the important role that biocultural diversity and traditional knowledge play in biodiversity conserving production systems,
  • to provide a critical assessment of the tools that can be used to enhance their potential contribution to the livelihood of indigenous and local communities and to conserving biodiversity.

In particular, the conference will consider the following questions:

  • To what extent can the protection of traditional knowledge and the promotion of biocultural products foster biodiversity conservation?
  • Which practical tools, including market-based instruments, can be used for the above purposes?
  • Under which conditions such tools can help meeting income generation as well as biodiversity conservation objectives, particularly at the local and community levels in developing countries?
  • What are the major regulatory gaps that need to be filled at the international, regional, national, and/or community levels?
  • What are the major capacity constraints that need to be overcome for relevant stakeholders to take full advantage of available tools? And how can or should stakeholders be supported to overcome such constraints?
  • What is the status of international discussions on the protection of the biocultural heritage of indigenous and local communities and their traditional Knowledge? What is the contribution that international law may provide for enhancing such protection (e.g. harmonization, minimum globally accepted standards, mutual recognition, patent disclosure)?

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