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Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge (No. 2 of 2017).

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Long title
An Act to regulate access to biological or genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, and innovation, practices and technologies associated with biological and genetic resources and traditional knowledge; to protect the rights of the local communities over biological and genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge; to provide for a fair and equitable mechanism for benefit sharing; to establish the necessary administrative structures and processes for the implementation and enforcement of such principles; and to provide for incidental matters.
Environment gen., Cultivated plants, Wild species & ecosystems
Sustainable development Basic legislation Genetic resources Plant production Traditional knowledge/indigenous knowledge Planting material/seeds Plant variety Access-to-information Breeders' rights/farmers' rights International agreement-implementation Access and benefit sharing Contract/agreement Indigenous peoples Intellectual property rights/patents Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings Offences/penalties Biodiversity Community management Sustainable use PIC-prior informed consent
Geographical area
Africa, Southern Africa
Entry into force notes
This Act will come into force on a date set by the Minister in the Government Gazette.

This Act provides for the conservation, evaluation and sustainable use of biological and genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. Its objects are, among other things, to - (a) maintain and improve the diversity of biological and genetic resources as means of sustaining life support systems; (b) recognise, protect and support the inalienable rights of local communities over their genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge; (c) provide arrangements and procedures for acc

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Other references

Implements treaty

Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and their Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Treaty | Multilateral | Nagoya |

Keyword: Access-to-justice, Food security, Capacity building, Climate change, Biodiversity, Genetic resources, Agriculture and environment, Public health, Biotechnology, Cultural heritage, Enforcement/compliance, Access-to-information, Access and benefit sharing

Source: IUCN (ID: TRE-155959)