Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Event: CEE and Central Asia Capacity-Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development under the framework of the medium-sized project on capacity building for the early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), funded by the Global Environment Facility and the Japan Biodiversity Fund. Its objective is to raise awareness and build the capacity of participating countries on the Nagoya Protocol and provide an opportunity to exchange experiences and lessons learnt in preparing for its ratification and implementation.  

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Event: 7th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Working Group was established by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Seventh Session in May 1997, in line with Conference Resolution 3/95. The Thirteenth Regular Session of the Commission in 2011 decided that the Working Group should meet prior to the next Regular Session of the Commission. Issues to be addressed by the Seventh Session of the Working Group include: review of the progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources; implementation and review of the Funding Strategy for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action; preparation of the Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and indicators to measure progress made in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action, and the further development of the headline indicator of the Convention on Biological Diversity for trends in genetic diversity of domesticated animal species of major socio-economic importance.  

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Event: CBD COP 11 High Level Segment [viewed]

As determined by the host of the meeting, the Minister of Environment & Forests of India, the high-level segment of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will focus on: implementation of the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity 2011-2020; biodiversity for livelihoods and poverty reduction; coastal and marine biodiversity; and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing.  

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Brief on ABS Protocol Implementation [viewed]

CBD21 September 2012: The first policy brief in a series of new communication materials developed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been published on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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ASEAN and India Ministers Issue Statement Ahead of CBD COP 11 [viewed]

13 September 2012: Environment ministers from Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India held a meeting on 7 September 2012, in New Delhi, India, and adopted the "New Delhi ASEAN-India Ministerial Statement on Biodiversity." The statement has been circulated as an information document in preparation for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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SPC Convenes Pacific Regional Workshop on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

SPC17 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with support from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), convened the Regional Workshop on Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) in the Pacific from 4-6 September 2012, in Nadi, Fiji. Participants shared country reports on FGR and developed priorities for action for the Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian subregions.

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Wageningen University Organizes Seminar on Genetic Resources Conservation and Use [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has notified stakeholders of an upcoming course on "Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use" and the application deadlines.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Report of Committee Meeting on SMTA and MLS [viewed]

23 August 2012: The report of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Technical Committee on the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the Multilateral System (MLS) under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), held from 26-28 June 2012, in New Delhi, India, is available online.

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WIPO IGC Addresses Traditional Cultural Expressions [viewed]

July 2012: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) continued negotiations on the latest draft text of an international legal instrument on the protection of traditional cultural expressions. The IGC met from 9-13 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food Security will examine the implementation of the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. It will also examine a review of the draft updated Genebank Standards, the process for the preparatoin of the Third Report on the State of the World's Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the status and trends in teh conservation and use of micro-organisms and invertebrates in rice and root crop-based production systems, and access and benefit-sharing for plant genetic resources.  

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