Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

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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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

In 2011, the Commission decided to establish an Ad Hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and requested the Director-General of FAO to convene a three-day meeting of the Working Group. The Members of the Working Group, as elected by the Commission at its Thirteenth Regular Session, include, from Africa: Cameroon, Eritrea, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia; from Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Lao (People's Democratic Republic), Thailand; from Europe: Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, UK; from Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay; from Near East: Iran (Islamic Republic of), Lebanon, Yemen; from North America: Canada, US; and from Southwest Pacific: Australia, Cook Islands.  

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CCAFS Report Focuses on Genetic Diversity in Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

August 2012: Considering the importance of genetic diversity to successful agricultural adaptation, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a working paper that outlines the experience of eight centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with reorganizing their activities to work on climate change adaptation.

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UN Marks International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

9 August 2012: UN agencies addressed the theme “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices” at an event marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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FAO and Bioversity International Release Book Calling for Sustainable Diets and Food Biodiversity [viewed]

8 August 2012: A new book, titled "Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity: Directions and Solutions for Policy, Research and Action," urges action to promote sustainable diets and food biodiversity for the health of humans and the Earth. The book contains the proceedings of the International Scientific Symposium titled "Biodiversity and Sustainable Diets United Against Hunger," which convened in November 2010.

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BioCAN Promotes Best Practices in Sharing Benefits from Biodiversity [viewed]

12 July 2012: The Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, held a workshop aimed at sharing concepts and tools for improving the benefits of products derived from biodiversity and sustainable management of wild species. Participants addressed how best to organize pilot projects, with a focus on lessons learned, and discussed building a set of subregional guidelines on best practice in benefit sharing along the value chain for such products.

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PROFOR Newsletter Focuses on Forest Governance [viewed]

3 July 2012: The July edition of the Newsletter of the World Bank's Program on Forests' (PROFOR) highlights a new publication titled "Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool," which outlines 130 questions that help to guide countries seeking to identify priority areas for change in forest governance.

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