Biodiversity, traditional knowledge and intellectual property

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Project leader(s)

Australia is classified as a mega-diverse country, but one that is delicately balanced ecologically. Aboriginal communities have built up a great deal of knowledge about this diversity, knowledge that has practical uses in a number of different contexts such as conservation, land and natural resource management, scientific understanding of eco-systems and the development of new products in areas such as pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. The purpose of this project is to develop approaches that recognize the value of this knowledge and that bring benefits to Australia ’s Aboriginal communities from using and, where appropriate, sharing this knowledge.


Image: Emeritus Professor Peter Drahos (RegNet)

Professor Peter Drahos

Peter Drahos is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National...

Climate, energy & the environment cluster

Climate, energy and the environment

This cluster has four broad regulatory and governance research themes: identifying obstacles and options for effective energy governance; analysing state and private governance mechanisms for mitigating climate change; examining the opportunities and constraints of the green economy in transforming infrastructure and urban development; and exploring creative regulatory solutions to transnational environmental problems.

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