The challenge of attribution and origin: traditional knowledge and access and benefit sharing

June 11, 2020 – 11:00 EST

This event is part of the Voices for BioJustices webinar series Benefit sharing and traditional knowledge: unsolved dilemmas for implementation

International, regional and national policies increasingly recognise the rights of traditional knowledge holders and the importance of measures to address biopiracy concerns. However, after almost 30 years of exploring benefit sharing from traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, few benefits as conceived under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Nagoya Protocol have resulted for indigenous and local communities. While there are many contributing factors, this webinar focuses on one: the challenges of identifying the attribution or origin of traditional knowledge, including the question of who has “priority” over others for any benefits that are shared. The complexity and attention that these issues require is not easily dealt with at a policy level. It requires comprehensive social research, savvy policy-makers, and considerable political maneuvering. The answers are not always appetizing and do not have mass political appeal. Nor do they have easily implementable solutions. This webinar provides a platform to discuss these issues and identify alternative approaches for equity and social justice.

Timing: The webinar will run for 1 hour 30 minutes, including an opportunity for questions and answers to the panel.

Presenters will include:
Moderator: Rachel Wynberg, University of Cape Town.

“The traditional knowledge attribution/origin problem:
implications for benefit sharing” – Graham Dutfield, Leeds University.
“Severed Connections and Silenced Voices: The Complexities of ‘Tradition’ in Rooibos Knowledge” – Sarah Ives, City College of San Francisco.

Graham Dutfield, Leeds University
Sarah Ives, City College of San Francisco
Siva Thambisetty, London School of Economics
Alejandro Argumedo, Swift Foundation
Sthembile Ndwandwe, University of Cape Town

Q&A session