Biodiversity and sustainable development

at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

For a number of years, the WIPO has been trying to protect the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples with the help of a new legal instrument. You can find information on the Intergovernmental Committee for Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) appointed for this purpose in this section.


You can also find information on the Proposals by Switzerland in the IGC regarding the declaration of source of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in patent applications.


Further information on biodiversity and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).