Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property in Kenya

Institute of Economic Affairs

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Post Date: 09 October 2012


While it is acknowledged that the Kenyan Government has put in place initiatives to deal with the biopiracy menace, there is evidence that the country has lost several biological resources which have ended up in foreign hands, without any benefits accruing to the local community where the resources and knowledge was extracted.

This, therefore, raises the questions: What is the missing link? Why has the government put in several initiatives that should enhance biodiversity use, yet these initiatives have not resulted in tangible benefits to the community and the country as a whole? This Book “Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property in Kenya: The Legal and Institutional Framework for Sustainable Economic Development” attempts to answer these queries by examining the legal and  institutional framework for biodiversity conservation and intellectual property and its impact on livelihoods and development.

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