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  • (2007-05-10)   New link to website of the Centre for African Indigenous Knowledge Research and Documentation (CAIKRD).    Publication lists revised.

  • (2007-03-27)   Draft of the act protecting the traditional knowledge of the indigenous peoples, mandated by the Council of the Indigenous Peoples, is finished. English version is under preparation.  

  • (2007-01-13  The Cabinet approved the application of the Sakizaya people to be officially recognized as Taiwan's 13th indigenous people and as separate from the Amis people.

  • (2006-12-12 Legalizing the Acquisition of Genetic Resources in Chinese Taipei: A Proposal (APEC workshop)

  • (2006-08-06)   Mandated by the Council of Indigenous Peoples, a draft of the "Act on the Protection of the Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples Concerning Biodiversity" has been proposed. The drafters are Ming-Yan Shieh, Warren H.J. Kuo, Jau-Hwa Chen and Chung-His Lee.

  • (2006-08-06)   National Taiwan University Library hosts the newly established “Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Resources Center”. (Url: TIPRC   TIPP; English Versions not yet available)          

  • (2006-01-12 Drafting the Genetic Resources Act of Taiwan, PPS file of the presentation at The Euro-Asian Forum II.

  • (2006-01-04)  Mandated by the Council of Agriculture, the first edition of the draft on the Genetic Resources Act has been finished; booklet "Access and Benefit sharing on Genetic Resources" has been written, and sent to stakeholders. (the draft; English edition not yet available)

  • (2006-01-04)  The Euro-Asian Forum II, "The Limitation of Contemporary IP System in Knowledge Trading" to be held on 2006/01/09~10, at Hsinchu, TAIWAN.

  • (2005-10-15)  Links added to Laws-international and Assay-Taiwan

  • (2005-09-05) The Making of Bark Clothes, Amis

  • (2005-05-01) Links to three articles (ethnoecology, 1: Ecological communications.  2:Who is telling stories of the mountains? 3:GIS-based approach for participatory indigenous mapping)

  • (2005-02-01) A Japan-Taiwan bilateral symposium, “Legal Protection of Biotechnology: Bioethics and Biotherapy" will be held at Hokkaido University on 2005-02-22.  Programme

  • (2005-01-21) Basic law of the Indigenous Peoples has been passed by the Legislative Yuan on 21 Jan 2005.  Among the Clauses, Article 13 states clearly that the government should protect by acts the knowledge concerning conservation of biodiversity and intellectual creations of the indigenous peoples.  In Article 22, land exploration, resources utilization, ecological conservation and academic research should be subjected to prior informed consent of and/or participation of the indigenous peoples. Mechanism of benefit–sharing of any profit that arising from the commercial utilization should be established.    

  • (2004-11-12) English version of the new Plant variety and Plant Seed Act ; or in PDF File 

  • (2004-08-14) Forum "The Evolution of the IP-system, especially in Biotechnology-European and Asian Perspectives" will be held on 2004-08-17/18. (Hanken School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland)

  • (2004-08-13) Press Release PR/2004/388:WIPO Director General Welcomes Growing Recognition of Indigenous People's Rights. (Geneva, August 9, 2004)

  • (2004-05-11) Arrangement on Cooperation on Indigenous Issues between Taipei and New Zealand was signed at 2004-05-03. 

  • (2004-05-07) Deszo Benedek 1987 The Yami of Irala. 1991 The Songs of The Ancestors.

  • (2004-04-28) tatala boat of Lanyu

  • (2004-04-26) Ethnobotany disciplines 3d international symposio, 2004

  • (2004-03-30) Rukai cultural landscape

  • (2004-03-30) Workshop "Ethnomedicine and Bioethics of Taiwan Indigenous Peoples" to be held at 2004-05-14.

  • (2004-03-29) Hunting System of the Rukai

  • (2004-03-06) Notes: Director Ladi Semali of the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) visited (2000) indigenous peoples in southern Taiwan. 
    New links in indigenous peoples, ethnoecology,and links.

  • (2004-02-26) New links in indigenous peoples and protection (Essay, Taiwan) pages

  • (2004-02-03) Free Trade Agreement  between Taiwan and Panama: Part Six, Intellectual Property Rights










Principle Investigator:
Professor Warren H.J. KUO
Seed Lab, National Taiwan University
Seed Laborator

Department of Agronomy
National Taiwan University
Taipei 106, TAIWAN
: 886-2-2363-0231 (ext. 2728)
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Collaborating Investigator:

Professor Jau-Hwa CHEN
Department of Financial and Economic Laws
Fu-Jen Catholic University


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