[National Consultation] Biodiversity and Intellectual Property: Policy Options for Implementing Access and Benefit Sharing in India

[National Consultation] Biodiversity and Intellectual Property: Policy Options for Implementing Access and Benefit Sharing in India

January 29-30, 2015, National Law University, New Delhi

Organized by: Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway and National Law University, New Delhi

India has been a key player as one of the leaders of the developing world in promoting equitable access and benefit sharing (ABS) mechanisms in international negotiations. India is also among the first countries in the world to have established laws on access and benefit sharing. Owing to the requirement of providing stronger intellectual property under the TRIPs Agreement - more specifically patents related to genetic resources - it remains to be seen how countries can deal with a complex interface between biodiversity and intellectual property rights. This consultation aimed to bring together policy makers, academicians, NGO representatives and legal experts to deliberate on the best policy options for India for implementing access and benefit sharing mechanisms.

Karine Peschard, visiting researcher at the CSH, participated in the consultation, where she gave a talk entitled “Implementing Access and Benefit Sharing: the Brazilian Experience.”


The consultation was organized by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), Norway, and the National Law University (NLU), New Delhi as part of an international project on “International Objectives for Adaptation, Access and Benefit-Sharing: Effects on the Management of Plant Genetic Resources in India and Nepal” being conducted by the FNI and SAWTEE (Nepal).