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Benefit Sharing … sustainable living

Sustainable ecosystem management, which will enhance the conservation of biodiversity, will only be meaningful when the concept of the ecosystem as a web of life is fully acknowledged. Natural resource conservation is one facet in the nexus of economic development of indigenous communities. Our sustainable development programme recognises the link between vigorous indigenous culture and conservation behavior, and the preservation of natural resources by various stakeholders in the community.

Global Health Foundation

Our Global Health Project emerges from the International Cooperative Biodiversity Group (ICBG) programme on "Drug Development and Conservation in West and Central Africa" and the global health fund. It seeks to bring advances in biomedical research, biological and information technology to improve health and living standards of indigenous and local communities in the tropics.

Benefit Sharing

Our benefit-sharing plan has been formulated to adhere to the following principals:

· Distribution of benefits to ensure that economic rewards are channeled back to the source regions of plants, considering that cash may not be the most appropriate benefit in all cases.

· Empowerment of local communities through town associations, village heads and professional guilds of healers to make decisions regarding compensations and projects in their localities.

· Enhancement of internal capacity for scientific research and herbal product standardization. This includes a viable scientific partnership between US scientists and their counterparts in Nigeria and Cameroon.

· Appropriate recognition of all parties contributing to the development of a therapeutic agent, including those providing lead information.

· Recognition that labeling ideas, accessing instruments of protection, monitoring for possible infringement, identifying expert witnesses, and providing legal assistance are all necessary factors in equitable distribution of benefits.

· Recognition of communality in the ownership structure and therefore the sharing of the benefits of indigenous knowledge, side by side with the fundamental right of the professional herbalist to his or her own private property knowledge.