Kukula Traditional Healers hosted and international learning exchange

By Dimakatso Nonyane
On the 4TH of September 2018 Kukula Traditional Health Practitioners (THP) hosted a community2Community learning exchange at the Vukuzenzele Nursery in Thulamahashe. 
The Learning exchange was organized by Natural Justice and GIZ. 20 Participants from different countries such as Morocco, Senegal, Benin, Niger, Togo and Madagascar took part in this experience. The main focus of this exercise was learning about Access and Benefit sharing, Traditional Knowledge and most importantly the revised Bio cultural protocol.   
Louise Swemmer, from SANParks’ Scientific Services, gives a brief presentation on the Pepper Bark Tree project 
Louise Swemmer, from SANParks’ Scientific Services, gave a brief presentation on the Pepper Bark Tree project the park is currently running that engages with Traditional Healers who are residing adjacent to the Park. 
The day was a great success as our guests had lots of questions around the Biodiversity Community Protocol and how it made a difference to the Kukula THP as well as some challenges they may still encounter. One of the participants who was from South Africa shared information that was received at the Biodiversity Economy Conference about Bioprospecting and generating revenue using Natural Resources instead of fully depending on funding.
The Kukula members got a chance to share some of their knowledge on sustainable use of medicinal plants and showed the guests around the Nursery.

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