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Community to Community Exchange and Capacity Development Workshop for Traditional Knowledge Holders

28 September-4 October 2015, Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

Traditional knowledge (TK) holders and community representatives from India, Africa and Central Asia discussed conservation, protection and valorisation of biodiversity and TK associated with identification and utilization of genetic resources.

The workshop facilitated a true South-South exchange between local actors, specifically intensified during 3.5 days of field visits.

One tangible result of the workshop is a declaration in which African participants express their commitment to promote awareness of the Nagoya Protocol in their communities, encourage their respective countries to include customary rights in legislative measures and to encourage the documentation of TK at the local and national evel.

Other results were:

  • increased understanding of the relevance of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) principles on ABS and the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol at the local level,
  • identification of ABS-relevant challenges faced by communities,
  • sharing of experiences and ideas on sustainable utilisation of genetic resources and its potential for local economic development,
  • identification of leading examples of ABS and models for the conservation, protection and valorisation of TK, and
  • facilitation of partnerships between participants through interactive sessions and field visits to southern Indian states (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala).


More than 60 traditional knowledge (TK) holders and community representatives from India, Africa and Central Asia.


Co-organized with the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative (anchored by UNU-IAS), Transdisciplinary University of FRLHT, Equator Initiative, supported by Bioversity International and Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterThe Christensen Fund.