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Blue Gold: Access to Aquatic Genetic Resources in Indigenous and Local Communities (2003)

This book documents the results of a three-year study to gather experiences with fish genetic resources, provide information on the issues, and help communities create their own policies for access to fish genetic resources in their area.

One of the most difficult issues faced by nations implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity is how to ensure that benefits arising from biodiversity are shared with those who provided access in the first place. In many cases, access has been provided by local and indigenous communities.

A lot of attention has been paid to benefit sharing for plant genetic resources such as seeds or medicinal plants. The problem of aquatic genetic resources has been almost completely overlooked - yet more and more communities are becoming recognized as sources of this potentially valuable commodity.

WFT worked with communities around the world to gather experiences with fish genetic resources, provide information on the issues, and help communities create their own policies for access to fish genetic resources in their area. The results of the three-year study was published in the book Blue Genes: Sharing and Conserving the World's Aquatic Biodiversity.

The book is available for purchase from the following sources:

With support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)