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The Convention on Biological Diversity and its Articles 8(j), 10(c), 17.2 and 18.4 address: the respect, preservation, maintenance and promotion of the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous peoples and local communities, protecting and encouraging customary sustainable use; encouraging the exchange of information, including indigenous and traditional knowledge and where feasible repatriation; as well as methods for the development and use of technologies, including indigenous and traditional technologies. These articles are regarded as cross-cutting and therefore relevant across the other areas of work of the Convention.
The programme of work on Article 8(j) and related provisions, adopted by the Conference of the Parties of Convention on Biological Diversity in decision V/16, is the main instrument that Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity have given themselves to achieve the commitments in Article 8(j) and related provisions, and later to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 18 which established that by 2020, the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and their customary use of biological resources, are respected, subject to national legislation and relevant international obligations, and fully integrated and reflected in the implementation of the Convention with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities, at all relevant levels.
Considering that traditional knowledge can make a significant contribution to sustainable development, please share your views regarding the following topics:
In the country in which you reside, are there are measures or policies, laws regarding traditional knowledge, particularly for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and/or its Protocols? If yes, please share your views on the issues they cover and identify if gaps exist.
In your community, do strategies exist to recover or restore and share traditional knowledge? What are the major challenges to protect, transmit and/or recover traditional knowledge?
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