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Opinion - Bioprospecting Delivers Limited Benefits in South Africa - South Africa is actively engaged in bioprospecting but experiences suggest limited benefits. Meaningful benefit-sharing is constrained by an absence of laws and institutions, inadequate support from government, unequal power relationships, and the lack of attention paid to traditional knowledge holders. Intellectual property issues have been poorly considered in agreements and few benefits have arisen for conservation. The new Biodiversity Act sets the stage for a more proactive approach but greater attention needs to be given to strengthening administrative and technical support and investigating different commercialisation options.

1st Person: Wynberg, Rachel
Source: in European intellectual property review : EIPR : a journal concerning the management of techn., copyrights and trade names Vol. 26, No. 6 (2004), p. 239-243
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Type of Publication: Article
Published: 2004
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