Guide to Geographical Indications

Linking Products and their Origins

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The guide is a reference book that provides a comprehensive view of all aspects of the cotton value chain from a market perspective, and an overview of the world cotton market. It outlines factors influencing supply and demand, and market trends; considers major issues of the sector, including trade policy and WTO issues; deals with textile processing of cotton, cotton quality and its determinants, and cotton contamination; covers various aspects of cotton trading and export marketing; looks at e-commerce, the ICE Futures U.S. and other futures markets for cotton; reviews the market for different types of cotton, including organic cotton; presents market profiles of the main importing countries in Asia (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand) and Turkey, with recommendations on how to approach their cotton-consuming textile industries. Annexes contain a list of international cotton associations, as well as lists of useful addresses and web resources.

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The Case of Gobi Desert Camel Wool, Mongolia

Mongolia is characterized by relatively homogeneous though rather unique Geographical features, whose specific qualities contribute to distinctiveness in a number of its traditional products. Among these is Gobi Desert Camel Wool, a special product with origins and qualities that are tightly linked to the Gobi area and to its traditions. Though famed for millennia, it is one of the world’s more recent Geographical Indications (GIs), gaining legal recognition in 2007. If its specific qualities are recognized via a GI, this currently undervalued origin could essentially become an important Mongolian export product.

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