Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable use under United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

Category: Environment Programme Published: Monday, 16 June 2014 Written by AIPP

“If we have to save the biological diversity of the world, action has to be taken at the local level” Mr. John Scott, Convention on Biological Diversity

Asia Regional Capacity-Building Workshop brings representative of Governments,Indigenous leaders and local communities leaders from 12 countries to learn together and formed community of like-minded people.

The purpose of the capacity building workshop is to strengthen the capacity of indigenous peoples, local communities and National Focal Points on Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Customary Sustainable Use (CSU) and prepare them as trainers to develop national or local capacity-building workshops, in line with the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the UN decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular the achievements Target 18. The indicators for Traditional knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use are:

  1. Trends of linguistic diversity and numbers of speakers of indigenous languages
  2. Trends in land-use change and land tenure in traditional territories
  3. Trends in the practice of traditional occupations also in the context of monitoring implementation of UNDRIPs
  4. Trend in which Traditional Knowledge and Practices are respected through their full integration, safeguards and the full and effective participation of Indigenous and Local Communities in the implementation of the strategic plan (NBSAPs) including through analysis of national reports starting with 5th national reports and mid-term review of the UN decade on biodiversity

The workshop dwells on Community-Based Monitoring and Information System(CBMIS) from 6-7 June. CBMIS is an adaptive tool to monitor the effective implementation of article 8 (j) and article 10 (c)of the convention and to strengthen community-based initiatives that supports its implementation.With increasing recognition to TK and CSU is the establishment of Intergovernmental platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2012 by parties who are members to the convention in recognition of diverse knowledge system.

Further on 1 June 2014, in connection with these workshops, the Secretariat of the World Intellectual Property Organization organized training event on intellectual property issues related to traditional knowledge.The training emphasized on protecting traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions and the relationship between TK and intellectual property rights.

The week long workshop was held at Chiang Mai from 1-7 June 2014, in preparation of the 12th meeting of Conference of parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity that will be held from 6 - 17 October 2014 in Pyeong chang, Republic of Korea.

The capacity building workshop is generously supported by the Governments of Japan, Sweden and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Secretariat of the World Intellectual Property Organization co-hosted by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and Tebtebba Foundation with Forest Peoples Programme.

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