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Fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions

15-19 October 2007
Montreal, Canada



Highlights from Tuesday, 16 October

 

On Tuesday, delegates convened in two Sub-Working Groups (SWGs): SWG I addressed the composite report on traditional knowledge (TK) status and trends, an action plan for the retention of TK and an international regime on access and benefit-sharing ( ABS ); SWG II considered a sui generis system for TK protection and an ethical code of conduct to ensure the respect of the cultural and intellectual property of indigenous and local communities.
Photo: Sub-Working Group I Co-Chairs Estabancio Castro Diaz, Central America Region, and Deon Alexander Stewart, Bahamas

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Sub-Working Group I
 
Mariana Yumbay Yallico, Fundacion Tinku, Ecuador, with ENB writer Olivia Pasini (left). Mariana Yumbay Yallico (right), called for the protection of the rights of voluntarily isolated communities.
 

 

Winston Nagan, Federation of the Shuar (left), and Kassahun Embaye, Ethiopia (right), called for clarification on how indigenous people can retain control of their traditional knowledge following documentation.
 

 

Osita Anaedu, Nigeria (left), emphasized that the environment should be seen in a holistic manner. On an ABS regime, India (right), highlighted the link between traditional knowldege and ABS and noted that the use of traditional knowledge should be based on prior informed consent and mutually agreed terms.

 

 

Lucy Mulenkei, Global Forest Coalition, speaking for the African Indigenous Women's Organization (left), emphasized the vulnerability of indigenous women. Léonard Ntakirutimana, Burundi (center), called for administrative measures to assist local and indigenous communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Arlen Rivera, Interethnic Association of Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (right), urged governments to take action to protect isolated communities and establish exclusive use areas.

 
 

On climate change, Augusto Manuel Pinto, East Timor (left), called for local approaches to mitigation activities. Preston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes of Washington (right), highlighted the link between indigenous peoples and the environment.

 
 
David Dutton, Australia (center), with delegates from New Zealand and the EC. On an international ABS regime, Australia, opposed disclosure of origin in patent applications.
 
Sub-Working Group II
 
 
Valerie Etim, WIPO (left), during the discussions on sui generis systems for traditional knowledge protection. On sui generis systems for traditional knowledge protection, André Dorion, Canada (center), said WIPO should develop the IPR elements of sui generis systems. Sub-Working Group II Co-Chair Nicola Breier, Germany (right).
 
Jorge B. Riaboi, Argentina (left), cautioned that sui generis systems might be inconsisten with the WTO TRIPS agreement. Gurdial Singh Nijar, Malaysia (right), encouraged delegates to make WTO provisions consistent with the CBD rather than argue that IPRs undermine CBD implementation.
 
 
Indigenous delegates from Latin America during the discussions on sui generis systems for traditional knowledge protection (left). Kenyan delegates during Sub-Working Group II.
 
Side Event: Quebec's practical experience in the consultation process of indigenous and local communities
 
 

This side event, organized by Quebec's Environmental Public Hearings Board, included a presentation on the creation of the Albanel-Temiscami-Mount Otish Park, the largest biodiversity reserve in the Canadian boreal forest. Qussai Samak, Quebec's Environmental Public Hearings Board (right), presented on this project, which includes the Cree Nation as an active partner.

 
Side Event: Presentation of the Regional Network for Indigenous Peoples in Southeast Asia (RNIP)
 
 
This side event, organized by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, included presentations on the Regional Network for Indigenous Peoples in Southeast Asia (RNIP), its actvities and projects.
 
Side Event: Assessing Progress towards the 2010 Target: the Fourth National Report of the CBD
 
 
This side event, organized by the CBD Secretariat, addressed the guidelines for the fourth national report and funding available for its preparation. The side event also provided an opportunity for countries to exchange experiences on implementing the Convention.
 
Monday evening reception photos
 


 
Pat Dolan, Canada (left), welcomes delegates to the conference. Fernando Coimbra, Brazil (right), speaks on behalf of COP President Marina da Silva.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 
 


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