Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Guest Article #43: Making Access and Benefit-sharing Work for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The ‘Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization' to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been hailed as a giant step towards the implementation of the third objective of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to them. Implementing this third objective will contribute, it is hoped, to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components, the other two objectives of the CBD.

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Policy Update #7: A New International Instrument Enters into Force: The First Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 12 October 2014, with 54 ratifications at the time.[1] In accordance with the provisions of its Article 26(6), the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 1) to the Nagoya Protocol was held from 13-17 October 2014, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD.

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Bioversity International, ICRAF Release Descriptors for Baobab [viewed]

bioversity-icraf24 December 2014: Bioversity International and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) have published descriptors defining key characteristics of the Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata L.) in order to facilitate access to data for conservation and management of this multipurpose species.

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CGRFA Publishes Background Study on Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Keepers [viewed]

CGRFADecember 2014: In preparation for its fifteenth session, to be held from 19-23 January 2015, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has recently published Background Study Paper 66 titled, 'Ecosystem Services Provided by Livestock Species and Breeds, with Special Consideration to the Contributions of Small-Scale Livestock Keepers and Pastoralists.'

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WIPO Organizes Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

wipo9 December 2014: Aiming to impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized a practical workshop for indigenous peoples and local communities on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3-5 December 2014.

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ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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Iraq Joins ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: Iraq has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the number of parties to 133.

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ICRAF Partners with Clarins in China [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)24 November 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) announced its third public-private partnership of 2014, joining the French company Clarins to support agroforestry in China. The partnership will provide training for small-scale farmers to produce sustainable supplies of plants for beauty products.

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WIPO Circulates Table of Disclosure Requirements in Legislative Texts [viewed]

WIPONovember 2014: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has circulated a table compiling disclosure requirements related to genetic resources and/or traditional knowledge, which are contained in national and regional legislative texts.

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Event: Consultation on the ITPGR Global Information System [viewed]

This International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Consultation will be organized back-to-back with the XXIII International Plant and Animal Genome Conference and will be followed, on 9 January 2015, by a series of meetings and presentations under the umbrella of the DivSeek Initiative. Its objectives are, among others, to conduct a review of on-going relevant initiatives, identify gaps in the existing information systems and recognize best practices and methodologies for managing information on a global scale.  

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