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Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices

This participatory action-research project in China, India, Kenya, Panama and Peru (2004-2009) developed the concept of Collective Biocultural Heritage as its common framework for research.

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This section provides the main outputs of the project "Protecting community rights over Traditional Knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices" (2005-2009).

For a summary of the findings, see: Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices. Key findings and recommendations 2005-2009. Swiderska et al (2009).

IIED and the project partners are grateful for the funding provided by the International Development Research Centre (Canada) for the country case studies. We are also grateful to The Christensen Fund, IIED's Framework Donors and SwedBio for supporting the international policy work, communications and workshops.