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Environmental Management (Access to Genetic Resources and Indigenous Genetic Resource-based Knowledge) Regulations, 2009.

Country
Type of law
Regulation
Source

Abstract
The purposes of these Regulations are, pursuant to sections 116 and 117 of the Environmental Management Act, to: protect the rights of local authorities and communities to their genetic materials and indigenous genetic resource based knowledge; (b) promote indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge by conserving and strengthening the indigenous communal systems of informal knowledge, collective innovations and transmission thereof which do not conform to the notions of (i) private ownership, private intellectual property rights or individual privilege, or (ii) public or State ownership in the knowledge or innovations concerned; that are contrary to the moral, intellectual and cultural values of the communities in question; (c) ensure the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources in order to maintain and improve their diversity as a means of sustaining the life-support and health-care systems of the people of Zimbabwe; (d) provide an appropriate system of access to genetic resources and indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge that is based upon the explicit prior informed consent of the concerned local or indigenous communities and the State; (e) implement appropriate mechanisms for the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources and indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge, that is to say, mechanisms that ensure the participation and agreement of concerned communities in making decisions regarding the distribution of benefits which may be derived from the use of genetic resources and indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge; (f) promote and encourage the building of a national scientific and technological capacity relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources and indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge; (g) promote new innovations and discoveries to reproduce, manage and enhance genetic resource use; (h) ensure that the movement and transfer of genetic materials and the sharing and transmission of indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge takes place in a transparent manner; (i) engage the support of local and foreign research or conservation institutions in assisting the Board and Committee to achieve the foregoing purposes.
Establishment and composition of Genetic Resources and Indigenous Genetic Resource-based Knowledge Protection Committee; intra-communal rights in relation to genetic resources and indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge; general extra-communal rights in relation to genetic resources and indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge; specific extra-communal rights in relation to genetic resources and indigenous genetic resource-based knowledge, are all topics covered in this text.
Long title of text
Statutory Instrument 61 of 2009.[CAP. 20:27] Environmental Management (Access to Genetic Resources and Indigenous Genetic Resource-based Knowledge) Regulations, 2009.
Date of text
Repealed
No
Publication reference
Statutory Instrument 61 of 2009
Source language

English

Legislation Amendment
No