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Biocultural Community Protocols

The legal landscape of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities is coalescing around the protection of their traditional knowledge and genetic resources. In contexts such as access and benefit sharing (ABS) and Ethical BioTrade, there are effective new tools such as community protocols that can help begin the process of relationship-building between researchers, companies, and communities.

Published in the peer-reviewed journal IK: Other Ways of Knowing and co-authored by Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte, the Executive Director of The Christensen Fund, this article explores concepts and policy tools that are allowing stakeholders with vastly different worldviews to communicate and negotiate.
Download the article (PDF) here.