This guide aims to help researchers working in tropical rainforests consider ethical issues in field-data collection and publication activities that involve indigenous or local knowledge.

Several cases of bio-piracy and an increasing focus on the rights of indigenous peoples mean that researchers are often called on to follow rules and regulations.

The guide is broken down into chapters that discuss the importance of creating a code of conduct, provide an overview of existing codes of conduct and international policy guidelines, and address issues related to informed consent. It also presents a protocol that can be adapted to the needs of researchers in various countries.