A Global Primer
Chapter 2: Exploitation of traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities
The chapter describes the social, cultural and economic value of traditional knowledge to indigenous and local communities. It also highlights modern day uses of traditional knowledge in the pharmaceutical, agriculture and cosmetic industries as well as the retail market, tourism and entertainment sectors. Concerns about the negative effects on traditional communities arising from the commercial exploitation of traditional knowledge are outlined to build a case for protection premised on greater control by indigenous peoples and local communities over uses of their traditional knowledge. Such concerns include lack of compensation; expropriation of cultural interests; unauthorized public disclosure and use of secret knowledge, images and other sensitive information pertaining to traditional communities; and misrepresentation of products as indigenous. The protection of traditional knowledge is also linked to efforts to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources, foster a sense of cultural or national identity, and promote unity.
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