“Preventing Bio-piracy: Protecting Traditional Knowledge”

4th & 5th April
Conference Room No.1
India International Centre
Max Mueller Road
New Delhi – 110 003


4th April 2012

 Day – 1

Celebrating 25 years of Navdanya


Welcome, Introduction and Objectives
Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director, Navdanya

Session I
0930-1100Threats of Bio-diversity and Traditional Knowledge: 25 years of 
Bio imperialism through IPRs

Chair: Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director, Navdanya
Shri SP Shukla (Former Indian Ambassador to GATT)
Dr. Biswajit Dhar, DG, Research in Information for Developing Countries1100-1130


Session II
1130-1330Institutions and Instruments to Protect Biodiversity and
Traditional Knowledge

Chair: Dr. P.L. Gautam
Dr. P.L. Gautam, Director, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority 
Prof. K.C. Bansal, Director, NBPGR
Dr. VK Gupta, Director, TKDL 
Dr Satya Narayan ICMR
Shalini Bhutani1.30-2.00


Session III
2-5pmConserving Biodiversity, Defending Traditional Knowledge: 
25 years

Chair: Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. A K Panigrahi, Ranipatna, Navdanya Orissa
Mr. Leo Saldanha (Director Environment Support Group Bangalore )
Ms Bhargavi (ESG) 
Adv Pinky Anand, SrAdvocate
Adv. Prashant Bhushan,Sr Advocate1700


5th April 2012
Day – 2

 Session IV
0930-1100Patents on Seed and Seed Monopolies and the threat to 
Agriculture and Food Security

Chair: Dr. Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director, Navdanya
Sri. Kishore Tiwari, President, Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti
Dr. S. Bala Ravi, Advisor, MSSRF
Sri. Kishan B Chaudhary, President, Bhartiya Krishak Samaj1100-1115TeaSession V
1115-1300Patents in Medicinal Plants and Traditional Knowledge & Patent
Monopolies on Medicine: Threat to Public Health –

Chair: Dr. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury

Dr Ranjit Roy Chaudhury (Chairman AHERF)
Dr. Narendra Mehrotra ( Jeevaniya)
Dr. Dinesh Abrol ( NISTADS)
Mr. Bala Prasad, Jt.Secretary, AYUSH (TBC)
Dr. Mira Shiva MD (Director, IHES)1300-1330LunchSession VI 
1330-1600Threats and Challenges of Next 25 years

Chair: Dr. Sarala Gopalan
Ms Shailaja Chandra(Former Secretary Ayush 
Former Principal Secretary - Delhi Govt
Dr. Darshan Shankar Founder FRLHT, Advisor 
Dr. MS Swaminathan, Director, MSSRF1600-1630Valedictory 

Chair: Dr. Vandana Shiva

Prof. Upendra Baxi (Professor of Law in Development at the University of 
Warwick, United Kingdom and Former Vice chancellor of
University of Delhi)1630-1700Press Conference1700Tea


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About Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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