Biocultural protocols

Biocultural protocols are documents prepared by representatives of livestock-keeping communities in consultation with lawyers and specialists on indigenous knowledge. They detail the community’s breeds, its traditional knowledge of the animals, and its lifestyle in relation to the environment. They put on record the community’s role in the management of biological diversity – its livestock and its contribution to managing the ecosystem.

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Lingayat biocultural protocol

Lingayat community. 2009. Bargur panchayat, Erode district, Tamil Nadu, India

The biocultural protocol of the Lingayat community, who live in the Bargur forest in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, details the Bargur breed of cattle and Mala erumai (Hill buffalo) breeds.

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Raika biocultural protocol

Raika Samaj Panchayat. 2009. Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan, Sadri, Rajasthan, India

A declaration by the Raika pastoralists of Rajasthan, India, on the livestock breeds they have developed, their traditional knowledge about their animals, and their lifestyle in relation to their environment.

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Samburu biocultural protocol

Samburu Local Livestock Keepers. 2010. Kenya

The Samburu community protocol: About the Samburu, their indigenous livestock breeds, their rights to their indigenous livestock genetic resources and their role in global biodiversity management

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Pashtoon biocultural protocol

2010. SAVES, Quetta, Pakistan

Details of the Pashtoon of Balochistan's culture and traditional rights, as well as the breeds of camels, cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys they raise.

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Biocultural community protocols on YouTube

Indian filmmaker Moving Images has made two videos on biocultural protocols.

bullet Video 1: Biocultural protocols and access and benefit sharing
bulletVideo 2: Developing biocultural protocols among the Raika (India) and Samburu (Kenya)