In general, there is political good will and government support for an inclusive and participatory approach to the integration of Traditional Knowledge (TK) and customary practices held by communities in biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization. However, the process has been slow due to limited human, technical, legal and financial resources. In line with the increasing importance of TK associated with genetic resources, this target identifies the programme of work required to document, protect and utilise TK and customary practices of communities, relevant to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
National Target 18: By 2020, TK and customary practices of communities, relevant to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use are documented and used, and where appropriate revived and protected.
18.1. Traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities are respected
18.2. Traditional knowledge, innovations and practices are fully integrated and reflected in implementation of the Convention