21 Dec 2009

Pacific makes progress in protecting traditional knowledge

8:05 pm on 21 December 2009

Regional agencies in the Pacific last week in Nadi launched what has been called a milestone development for the region - the Traditional Knowledge Action Plan.

The Pacific Islands Forum's Secretary General, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, says traditional knowledge - the body of knowledge and skills embedded in culture and unique to a given society - remains an integral part of the Pacific.

He says the Action Plan actively seeks to protect Pacific Traditional Knowledge from misuse and misappropriation without any compensation to the owners of that knowledge.

Mr Slade says the Forum is very pleased to be heading an inter-agency collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and World Intellectual Property Organisation.