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Item Description Shingu, Gamaniel K. en_US 2007-06-20T03:53:11Z 2007-06-20T03:53:11Z 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Shingu GK. 2005. Ownership and sustainability issues of botanical medicines. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 3:17-24. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.description.abstract The World Health Organization estimates that more than 70% of the world’s population, especially those who reside in the tropics, rely almost exclusively on plants as a primary source of medicines. Over the last decades an awareness has grown of the pharmacological potential of medicinal plants, and a potentially bright future for drugs developed from natural products. At the same time, the use of plants in medical practice contributes to the growing threat to species and ecosystem preservation. This paper expands the narrow view of plants as sources for pharmaceutical development to discuss botanical medicine from an economic and human development perspective. I consider strategies that can ensure that the benefits that accrue from utilization of indigenous plant knowledge become positive forces for human development. Issues of sustainability are discussed vis à vis poverty, protection of ecosystems, and the potential for future use and longterm viability of medicinal species. Issues of ownership also are presented in the context of intellectual property rights, with particular reference to the inadequacy of patent rights to protect indigenous knowledge. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject ethnobotany en_US
dc.subject ownership en_US
dc.subject sustainable development en_US
dc.subject intellectual property rights en_US
dc.subject patents en_US
dc.subject indigenous knowledge en_US
dc.subject medicinal plants en_US
dc.subject traditional medicine en_US
dc.subject herbal medicines en_US
dc.subject threatened species en_US
dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.subject Sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.subject forest resources en_US
dc.subject quality control en_US
dc.subject product quality standards en_US
dc.subject rural education and training en_US
dc.subject databases en_US
dc.subject biotechnology en_US
dc.subject research and development en_US
dc.subject rural poverty en_US
dc.title Ownership and Sustainability Issues of Botanical Medicines en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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