Planning a Visit to Senegal? Stay with PROMETRA International at its METRAF Auberge.

Planning a Visit to Senegal?  Stay with PROMETRA International at its METRAF Auberge.

PROMETRA International is pleased to announce the opening of its new METRAF Auberge (bed and breakfast hotel) in Dakar, Senegal.  Welcoming guests from around the world, the METRAF Auberge has hotel rooms, conference meeting space and a restaurant available within the private compound.  The METRAF Auberge is located in a Dakar suburb, close to the famous Pink Lake.

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WIPO releases Guide pratique de la propriété intellectuelle

PROMETRA International published its first Guide to Intellectual Property in 2003 as part of our campaign to promote and protect our indigenous traditional knowledge systems.  We applaud WIPO’s recent contribution to this information.    

Comment protéger et promouvoir votre culture : Guide pratique de la propriété intellectuelle pour les peuples autochtones et les communautés locales


Protect and Promote Your Culture

A Practical Guide to Intellectual Property for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Auteur(s): OMPI | Année de publication: 2017

La propriété intellectuelle peut être un outil puissant au service des peuples autochtones et des communautés locales. Utilisée de manière stratégique, elle peut vous aider à promouvoir vos propres produits et services et à prévenir l’appropriation illicite de vos savoirs et de votre culture traditionnels. Ce bref guide vous explique comment faire, avec de nombreux exemples de peuples autochtones et de communautés locales qui ont su tirer parti au mieux de leurs droits de propriété intellectuelle.

Intellectual property can be a powerful tool for indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs). Used strategically, it can help you promote your own products and services, and prevent the misappropriation of your traditional knowledge and culture. This short guide explains how, with plenty of examples of IPLCs who have made the most of their intellectual property rights.

WIPO Traditional Knowledge Book – French WIPO Traditional Knowledge Book – English

WIPO Traditional Knowledge Book – French

PROMETRA International’s Guide to Intellectual Property – first published in 2003

Do Not Confuse Libya Slavery with the African Middle Passage

An Essay

Do Not Be Confused  

Slavery in Libya should not be confused with the African Middle Passage


Dr. Erick Gbodossou, President of PROMETRA International shares his thoughts on the current situation regarding the selling of Africans in Libya and the impact of the Middle Passage Slave Trade on the continent and population of Africa.  He stresses that they are not the same and should not be confused.

Read his essay here in French and English.



Read about PROMETRA’s Way of Remembering Project that address the issues of slavery and the work of reconciliation


2017 African Traditional Medicine Day

Celebrate African Traditional Medicine Day – August 31st

In July 2003 the African Heads of State and Government endorsed a plan of action for the first Decade of African Traditional Medicine. The World Health Organization Africa Region (WHO AFRO) officially designated August 31st of each year as African Traditional Medicine Day. PROMETRA International and its network of 28 global chapters celebrate African Traditional Medicine Day and calls upon the world to recognize, respect, conduct research, and partner with our systems of African traditional medicine and traditional knowledge. PROMETRA chapters throughout Africa host individual meetings, conferences, ceremonies and public events to honor our system of African Traditional Medicine  Dr. Erick Gbodossou, President of PROMETRA International shares PROMETRA International’s annual presentation with our network and partners.


ATMD 2017 PROMETRA Statement – English

10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.

Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated. Indigenous peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life.

2017 Theme: 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ten years ago, on 13 September 2007, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a major milestone with respect to the cooperation and solidarity between indigenous peoples and Member States.

The Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples. It embodies global consensus on the rights of indigenous peoples and establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for their survival, dignity and well-being. It elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms, as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples.

Over the last decade, the implementation of the Declaration has achieved some major successes in at the national, regional and international levels. Despite the achievements, there continues to be a gap between the formal recognition of indigenous peoples and the implementation of policies on the ground.

PROMETRA International supports indigenous peoples worldwide.


President of Mauritius Supports African Traditional Plant Resources Knowledge


Her Excellency President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim,  in Nature Vol. 548, outlines the importance and value of African’s 45,000 plant species that hold value for industry and humanity.  She urges Africa governments to make significant efforts to exploit knowledge of traditional botanical resources.

25% of the world’s plant genetic resources are found throughout the continent of Africa. Read her essay below.

Capitalize on African Biodiversity Article – President of Mauritius

2017 ICASA

The 2017 ICASA will be held in Ivory Coast December 4-7, 2017. Join PROMETRA International at the conference.


2017 Xoy

PROMETRA International supports the annual public divination ceremony, XOY, at the Center for Experimental Traditional Medicine in Fatick, Prometra Sénégal

Over 1,000 people were in attendance at the two day ceremony, including the Office of Mayor of Fatick, Departmental Council, Mrs DIOUF, Director of Fatick Cultural Center, Chief of Meteorological Office, Chief of Water and Forests Department, Community Development Office, Land Transport Office, Gouvernor (Represented), Chief Doctor of Fatick Region, and members of the Police Company.

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