Monday, June 02, 2008

New in HOORC's Library: Biodiversity and the Law

Biodiversity and the Law, a collection of papers presented at the 2003 conference Biodiversity, Biotechnology and the Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge and published by Earthscan in 2007, looks at how to promote global economic development and at the same time preserve local cultural and natural diversity. The book's contributors consider the effect of three major international agreements -- the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of 1992, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of 1994, and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of 2001 -- on biodiversity knowledge work in various countries. Two papers focus on Africa: Chapter 21, Traditional Knowledge Protection in the African Region by Rabodo Andriantsiferana, and Chapter 26, Ethics and Practice in Ethnobiology : the Experience of the San Peoples of Southern Africa by Roger Chennels. You can find the book in HOORC's Library.

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