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Indigenous groups in the Venezuelan Amazon have demanded that the government turn over to them a database containing information based on traditional knowledge of the region’s biological diversity. The database contains "nearly 1,000 records of plant, animal and mineral resources used from time immemorial by 24 communities of the 19 ethnic groups of the Venezuelan Amazon," according to researcher Iñigo Narbaiza. Government researchers have been collecting the data since the mid-1990s.

"We want to stop the sale of this database until we define how it is to be used, since this information is ours by right," said Tito Poyo, a member of the Ka’ariña people and secretary of the National Indigenous Council of Venezuela. — IPS

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