SOAS University of London

Towards Rio+20: Business, Natural Resources and Human Rights

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Krystyna Swiderska (Int'l Institute for Environment and Development)

Date: 14 March 2012Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 14 March 2012Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4421

Type of Event: Seminar

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Implementing the Nagoya Protocol's provisions on community protocols and prior informed consent: lessons and challenges

The Biodiversity Convention’s Nagoya Protocol (2010) provides opportunities for Indigenous and Local Communities (ILCs) to assert their customary rights. It requires countries to take measures to ensure Prior Informed Consent for access to genetic resources held by them, and to endeavour to support the development of community protocols for access and benefit-sharing. Drawing on a global review of experience with community protocols and FPIC, the presentation will explore lessons for their effective development, and highlight some of the challenges and tensions in balancing business, government and community objectives.

Krystyna Swiderska is a Senior Researcher in IIED’s Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Team, Natural Resources Group. She has been a researcher at IIED for 17 years. She has coordinated multi-country research projects on genetic resources, traditional Knowledge, customary laws, equitable benefit-sharing and the role of biocultural systems in adaptation to climate change, publishing widely on these issues, and engaging actively in international policy processes, including the Nagoya Protocol.

All events are free and open to students and non-students. No registration is required.

Organiser: Virginie Rouas

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