The article link above from SciDevNet talks about a new law in the Cusco region of Peru which will mean:
“corporations or scientists must now seek permission from, and potentially share benefits with…local people”
The article goes on to say that:
“local scientists and activists believe the law’s value lies in the fact that for the first time a regional government will be empowered to challenge its national government on biopiracy”
There are a number of comments from Dr Michel Pimbert of the International Institute for Environment and Development.
“Pimbert said that the most significant aspect of the law is that it shows progress can be made at a regional level, rather than working through “central governments that have become increasingly distant and unaccountable to citizens in many countries throughout the world”.”
Here is a link to the item as it appeared on the IIED site.
The IIED also link out to a site where the full text of the law (in Spanish) can be found.