Monday, February 03, 2003

EU to try to convince the WTO to adopt new rules on bio-piracy...
...the determination by some companies in developed countries to find and control natural resources or traditional knowledge simply for profit.

The 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) tries to make sure that the benefits are shared between the exploiters and the communities from which they take their resources.

But many countries think the CBD may be fatally damaged by the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (Trips), agreed in 1995.

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