From 28 September to 4 October 2015, UNU-IAS will co-organize the Community-to-Community Exchange and Capacity Development Workshop for Traditional Knowledge Holders on Access and Benefit Sharing in Bangalore, India, as part of its Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative. This project is jointly coordinated by UNU-IAS and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the Transdisciplinary University (TDU) of the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Tradition (FRLHT), the UNDP Equator Initiative, the National Biodiversity Authority of India and other partners.
About 70 experts from India, Africa and Central Asia will participate in the workshop to discuss conservation, protection and valorisation of biodiversity and traditional knowledge associated with identification and utilization of genetic resources. The workshop will provide a platform for debating the local implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization ― a mechanism that defines community protocols on access, utilization and sharing of benefits from traditional knowledge related to genetic resources.
Through interactive sessions and field visits to southern Indian states (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala), the workshop will also build partnerships between international stakeholders.
Please note that participation in this event will be by invitation only.