Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

European Program for Plant Genetic Resources Releases Steering Committee Report [viewed]

January 2013: The European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has released the Steering Committee Report from its 13th Meeting, during which participants discussed the transition of the ECPGR program to its next phase (2014-2018)

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Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources Prepares Recommendations [viewed]

FAO25 January 2013: The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources brought together 53 member and observer countries at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The Working Group considered the preparation and key findings of the publication The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources, as well as priority areas for action and follow up.

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Capacity Building for Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

This expert meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will develop a draft strategic framework for capacity building and development in support of the effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Nagoya Protocol).  

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CBD Secretariat Circulates Quarterly Report [viewed]

CBD15 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the 56th edition of the Quarterly Report of the Convention, which contains a summary of key activities in implementing the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other relevant matters during the period 1 January - 31 March 2012.

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Event: WIPO IGC 24 [viewed]

Following renewal of its mandate by the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the 24th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) will continue negotiations on an international instrument/instruments, focusing on traditional knowledge and particularly the subject matter of protection, beneficiaries, scope of protection, and limitation and exceptions.  

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FCPF Reports on Challenges, Achievements from 2012 [viewed]

17 January 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), administered by the World Bank, has released its 2012 Annual Report. The report highlights progress during the facility's fourth year of implementation with regard to REDD+ readiness, funding for REDD+ and partnership building. The report also contains the financial report of the facility and the outlook for 2013.

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FAO Conference Highlights Thoughts on Next Generation GMOs [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has released a summary of an e-mail conference, titled "Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the Pipeline: Looking to the next five years in the crop, forestry, livestock, aquaculture and agro-industry sectors in developing countries."

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CGRFA Releases Report of Seventh Technical Meeting on Animal Genetic Resources [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the report of the seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources (ITWGAnGr).

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

January 2013: The report of the fourth 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 6-7 November 2012, in Rome, Italy, has been made available online.

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Panama and Mauritius Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

CBD21 December 2012: Panama and Mauritius have become the 10th and 11th countries respectively to ratify 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).

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