Bioprospecting, Biopiracy and Indigenous Knowledge: Two Case Studies from the Eastern Cape, SA

By Misaki M Koyama and Mariam Mayet

Publisher: African Centre for Biosafety (ISBN: 978-0-620-39674-5
Year: 2007, No of pages: 60

New Book Release

This book provides a critical overview of South Africa's legal regime with a view to investigating its ability to stem the tide of biopiracy involving indigenous knowledge. Against this backdrop, two case studies are discussed from the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. In this province, the vast majority of inhabitants rely on traditional medicine for their health care and cultural requirements.

Misaki M Koyama is a research and campaigner with the African Centre for Biosafety. Mariam Mayet is the founder and Director of the ACB.


Section One: Background and overview of key issues
Section Two: Legal Framework in South Africa: details and shortcomings
Section Three: Case Study 1: Indigenous knowledge and the Pelargonium patents
Case Study 2: Bioprospecting and research institutions


Annexure A: Applicable international treaties and key national South African legislation affecting Indigenous knowledge and bioprospecting

Annexure B: The Schwabe Group


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