Protecting Traditional Knowledge
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Protecting Traditional Knowledge

Lessons from Global Case Studies

Evana Wright

Protecting Traditional Knowledge examines the emerging international frameworks for the protection of Indigenous traditional knowledge, and presents an analysis situated at the intersection between intellectual property, access and benefit sharing, and Indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination.
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Chapter 5: Databases and registers

Evana Wright


This chapter sets out a comparative analysis of the traditional knowledge databases in India and Peru, with an emphasis on the purpose of each database, the related structure and access models, and the administration of databases in each country. The chapter reviews the operation of each database including the outcomes arising from or associated with each collection. The key databases reviewed are the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library and People’s Biodiversity Registers from India as well as the Peruvian National Public Register of Collective Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, National Confidential Register of Collective Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and Local Registers of Collective Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples. Consideration is also given to other examples of databases operating outside of these schemes in each jurisdiction and whether these additional databases are necessary in light of the primary examples.

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