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Title: Protecting the Biodiversity of the Americas

Authors: Karen Clark and Ian Attridge

Date: January 1997

Description: The purpose of this report is to describe legal mechanisms in Canada pertaining to genetic resources. The question driving the analysis, agreed to by the partners, is "if a bioprospector were to look to gain access to genetic resources in Canada, what laws would apply?" The specific areas of our interest are, therefore, provisions pertaining to ownership of genetic resources; provisions controlling access to genetic resources; provisions for the sharing of benefits arising from access to and use of genetic resources; and provisions for the conservation of genetic resources.

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