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Akwe: Kon – Everything in Creation

Introduction Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international community, recognized the close and traditional dependence of many indigenous and local communities on biological resources. Most indigenous and local communities live in areas of the world’s majority genetic resources and used traditional knowledge to conserve and sustain biological diversity for thousands of years. CBD comprehend the need to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and the equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of traditional knowledge. To address this concern, CBD’s authorized Conference of the Party (COP) adopted ‘Awe: Kon Voluntary Guidelines’ in its seventh meeting. 

Traditional Knowledge and the Convention on Biological Diversity

Gam A. ShimrayMember, Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity CommitteeAsia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) FoundationChiang Mai, ThailandMember, Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human RightsPaper Presentation at the 3rd Regional Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conference, Lijiang, China, June 2007

Forest Biological Diversity and the Convention on Biological Diversity

Sukhendu Debbarma,Ph.D Introduction: Forest Biological Diversity (FBD) is a broad term referring to all the life forms found within forested areas and the ecological roles they perform. As such, forest biological diversity encompasses not just trees but the multitude of plants, animals and micro-organisms that inhabit forest areas and their associated genetic diversity. Forest biodiversity may be the richest of all biodiversity found in terrestrial ecosystems. Tropical, temperate, and boreal forests offer diverse sets of habitats for plants, animals, and micro-organisms, holding the vast majority of the planet’s terrestrial species. At the same time, forests provide livelihoods for hundreds of ...