Bioprospecting is any activity undertaken to harvest or exploit all/any samples of the genetic resource or of any derivatives of genetic resources.
It is also the knowledge, innovations, and customary practices of local communities associated with those genetic resources, or for the purpose of research, product development, conservation or industrial or commercial application, including investigative research and sampling, not including customary uses of genetic resources and derivatives.
Bioprospecting Activities that requires permit are:
The council must meet within 21 days after receiving an application from the Director for the purpose of determining the application.
The council either approves the application with or without terms and conditions, or refers the matter back to the Director for further assessment or rejects the application.
The Director must advise the applicant in writing of the council's decision within 14 days. If the councils refers the matter back to the Director or, it rejects the application, a written advice must be produced.
Any person wanting to undertake bioprospecting must apply in writing to the Director of Environment and Conservation. The application must includes the following: