Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit-Sharing. Learning Lessons from the San-Hoodia Case.
University of Central Lancashire; University of Cape Town; Working Group for Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa; South African San Council
Date and Time
21 May 2008 13:15 - 14:45
Benefit-sharing agreements have been negotiated between the San, indigenous peoples of southern Africa, and those using this knowledge in the commercial application of Hoodia, a succulent plant. Despite the fact that the case is well-known, there has been a lack of empirical research about informed consent, benefit sharing, and the way in which decisions have been made. This session will summarise important lessons from an international research project about the case and will announce a book publication. The panel will include representatives from the San, policy and legal advisors, and academics involved in the research. The research was funded by the Wellcome Trust.