Indigenous people to benefit

Indigenous people to benefit

At a Meeting of CARICOM Intellectual Property Officers, and a representative of the Indigenous Peoples of the CARICOM Region, hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization, in Jamaica in 2008; an Expert Working Group on the Draft CARICOM Regional Framework for the Protection of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions was established to implement Articles 64:6 and 66: of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (CARICOM Treaty).

A Draft CARICOM Regional Framework for the Protection of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions was completed, and transmitted to the respective CARICOM Governments over a year ago.

In early 2015, Indigenous Peoples within the CARICOM Region, in anticipation of the Governments acceptance of the Draft CARICOM Regional Framework, and as beneficiaries, avail themselves to the provisions of Section 7 of the said CARICOM Framework, thus establishing an Indigenous Peoples Regional Competent Authority (IPRCA) to serve in their national, sub-regional and regional interests.

The IPRCA shall adopt appropriate measures to guarantee the safeguarding of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions; conduct awareness raising, education, advice and guidance functions; monitor utilization and use of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions to ensure free, prior and informed consent, mutually agreed terms, culturally appropriate use, full and effective participation of and fair and equitable benefit sharing with the Indigenous Peoples concerned; provide advice to Indigenous Peoples and users on their rights and the establishment of mutually agreed terms, access and benefit sharing; grant licenses, permits and other authorizations; establish the criteria to determine any monetary or non-monetary benefits; collect monetary or non-monetary benefits from the use; provide

assistance in any negotiations for the utilization or use of the genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions and in capacity building of Indigenous People; assist, in the negotiation and enforcement of the rights; and keep, manage and update as appropriate a register or registers of all applications, permits, access and benefit sharing contracts, ancillary contracts, licences, authorizations, petitions for confidentiality and other records and documents relevant to the operations and functions of the IPRCA.

The IPRCA wishes to inform the Indigenous People of Saint Lucia that it is at present implementing the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and will also operate under the impending World Intellectual Property Organization International Instruments on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions.

In view of the evolving circumstances, the IPRCA has commenced the documentation of the genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions of the Indigenous Peoples of Saint Lucia.

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