Fair Access to and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources : National Policy Development (China, Jordan, Nepal, Peru)

Local practices pertaining to biodiversity conservation, crop improvement and natural resource management are under stress. Existing laws and mechanisms - such as intellectual property rights (IPRs) - leave communities open to biopiracy because they protect individual as opposed to collective rights and do not recognize traditional knowledge or collaborative innovations such as varieties developed through participatory plant breeding.

This project will bring together experienced research teams (China, Jordan, Nepal and Peru ) and international technical and legal experts to work on much needed policies, laws and practices for the fair use and management of genetic resources. The focus will be on innovations that are grounded in the practices of local and indigenous farming communities, and supported by partnerships with concerned stakeholders.

The project is expected to result in practical mechanisms for fair access and benefit sharing; policy and legal recommendations pertaining to biopiracy, crop improvement, variety release, seed production and farmer organization; country case studies; scientific papers; a book; and training materials in English and indigenous languages.

Project ID

104283

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Monday, October 1, 2007

End Date

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Duration

48 months

IDRC Officer

Bortagaray, Isabel

Total funding

CA$ 1,745,900

Countries

China, Far East Asia, Jordan, Middle East, Nepal, Peru, South America, North and Central America, Central Asia, South Asia

Program

Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Yiching Song

Institution

Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy

Institution Country

China

Institution Website

http://www.ccap.org.cn

Project Leader

Bert Visser

Institution

Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, DLO Foundation

Institution Country

Netherlands

Institution Website

http://www.cgn.wur.nl

Project Leader

Stefania Grando

Institution

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas

Institution Country

Jordan

Institution Website

http://www.icarda.org

Project Leader

Pratap K. Shrestha

Institution

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development

Institution Country

Nepal

Project Leader

Manuel Ruiz

Institution

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.spda.org.pe