Prior Informed Consent or PIC in short, refers to consent from members of a community that is based on the adequacy of information as well as time, before a detailed initial plan for any project is developed.

As Malaysia is one of the countries under the international legal obligation to the Nagoya Protocol (2010) and the Convention of Biological Diversity (1992) PIC is therefore crucial. It enables members of the community to have their say on proposed projects, manage their village’s biological resources, have a clearer understanding of certain projects especially their potential and how they affect the community in terms of socio-economy and biological resources. PIC also allows the community to make negotiations on the sharing of benefits.

PIC must be obtained prior to the collection of biological resources that are associated with traditional knowledge.

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Meeting with Community Leaders

One crucial step in SBC’s process of obtaining PIC is to meet with community leaders. These meetings are held at resident, district and sub-district offices to seek permission to organise Traditional Knowledge (TK) documentation projects in the communities’ respective villages.
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Traditional Knowledge Documentation Workshop

Permission is also sought for the organising of TK documentation workshops. These workshops highlight the different methods of documentation, using field notebooks, digital recorders, and digital cameras, and would be conducted prior to hands-on documentation and collection out in the field.
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Permission from Community

SBC will also seek permission from the local community to bring back the plants to its research facilities at the Centre. Each plant that has been brought back to SBC will be recorded in the Plant Specimen Form as an agreement with the community.