link | Traditional Knowledge and Copyright: an Interview with Wend Wendland, Director of the WIPO Traditional Knowledge Division

  • The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) had a chat with Wend Wendland, Director of the Traditional Knowledge Division at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), to find out more both about the division and the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore’s work plan.

    The term “traditional knowledge” (TK) in this interview is used as an umbrella term to cover both the content of scientific/technical knowledge (such as the knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and local communities about the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity) and traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore (TCEs), which are the artistic, literary and musical forms in which knowledge and culture are expressed, such as Indigenous art, music, designs and performances.

  • Category: Culture
  • Thematic area: Good Practices / Indigenous knowledge-sharing
  • Call topics: Intergenerational transmission
  • Major objective: Target steps to improve quiality of life, enhance international cooperation and reaffirm cultural linguistic continuity
  • Area of intervention: Increasing understanding, reconciliation and international cooperation