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Biodiversity Act: Access and Benefit sharing

Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are age old traditions in India, as reflected in our ancient scriptures. There are numerous instances of  use of indigenous plants in religious rituals, ceremonial offerings and local healthcare practices. Historically, biodiversity was taken as an important ‘public good’ to be shared by all. However, biogenetic resources are of tremendous importance for a host of value-added products such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements. In fact, the combined world market for products manufactured through...

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