Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

SPC Announces Plant Health Clinics Pilot Project [viewed]

5 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that a pilot plant health clinic will be tested in Solomon Islands, and if successful, scaled up to include other Pacific Island countries.

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UNU, Japan Host Symposium on Nagoya Protocol Implementation [viewed]

8 March 2012: The UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (MOFA) co-organized an international symposium on domestic measures to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

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FAO Assessment on Teak Highlights Decline in Natural Forests [viewed]

FAO26 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has completed a Teak Resources and Market Assessment in 60 tropical countries, which notes the decline in the quality of natural grown teak but also identifies an increase in the area and quality of planted teak forests.

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ABS Protocol Compliance Meeting Discusses Draft Procedures and Mechanisms [viewed]

CBDMarch 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the report of the expert meeting on compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), held from 28 February – 1 March 2012, in Montreal, Canada.

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IICA, FAO to Consolidate Joint Efforts in LAC [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), has signed a letter of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to consolidate their joint efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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ITPGR Secretary Takes Stock of Ten Years of Implementation [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published the March 2012 edition of its Leading the Field newsletter, which features an article by ITPGR Secretary Shakeel Bhatti on the Treaty's first ten years of implementation.

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CBD Announces Series of Capacity Building Workshops for ILCs [viewed]

CBD29 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that it is organizing a series of regional capacity building workshops for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Africa, and the Asia and Pacific regions, aiming to improve the numbers of indigenous and local community (ILC) representatives, with an emphasis on women, effectively involved in the CBD processes, as well as to build their capacity to do so.

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Event: Knowledge for the 21st Century: Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Knowledge, Science and Connecting Diverse Knowledge Systems [viewed]

This International Dialogue Workshop will focus on fostering connections among diverse knowledge systems, with participants representing indigenous peoples and local communities, scientists, policymakers and governments. The workshop will take place prior to the second session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), scheduled to take place in Panama City from 16-21 April 2012. The workshop is being organized by The Resilience and Development Programme (Swedbio) at Stockholm Resilience Centre, in collaboration with "The national programme on local and traditional knowledge concerning the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity" (NAPTEK) at the Swedish Biodiversity Centre and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB).  

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Bioversity International, SPC Engage in Banana Conservation [viewed]

30 March 2012: Highlighting the challenge of conserving edible bananas, which do not have seeds, Bioversity International is participating in a project that seeks to protect varieties of banana. The project is being carried out in conjunction with the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and is part of a global effort to conserve banana genetic diversity and promote their use through the MusaNet network coordinated by Bioversity International. 

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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