Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

ITPGR Governing Body Discusses Benefit-Sharing, Funding Strategy [viewed]

itpgrgb5-iisdrs24 September 2013: The Fifth Session of the Governing Body (GB5) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is convening to discuss, among others issues, the status of the implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System for Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS); the inclusion of additional key food crops; and the implementation of the Treaty's funding strategy.

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GBIF Announces Historical Brazilian Collection [viewed]

GBIf16 September 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the availability of over half a million individual records from the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens (JBRJ) Research Institute. The collection, dating back to the early 19th century, serves as Brazil's first contribution to the BGIF since it joined in 2012.

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Norway Pledges $23.7 Million Towards Crop Diversity for Adaptation [viewed]

norway-flag24 September 2013: At the opening of the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Government of Norway announced a pledge of $23.7 million to manage food crops and promote food security and adaptation to climate change impacts.

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Central America Council Ministers Declare Support for ITPGR Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica [viewed]

ITPGRAugust 2013: Participating in a meeting of the Agricultural Council of Central America (CAC), six Ministers and two Vice-Ministers of Agriculture noted the importance of the Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica, developed in the framework of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), and declared their intention to incorporate it into their national agendas.

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SCBD/IDLO Expands Initiative to Build Legal Preparedness for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

idlo-cbdAugust 2013: Launched in 2012 as a partnership between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), with support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the Legal Preparedness for Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets initiative aims to build a global network of researchers to develop innovative legal approaches to achieve goals related to the Aichi targets, included in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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Bioversity International and ICAR to Strengthen Collaboration [viewed]

Bioversity International13 August 2013: In a five year agreement focusing on research collaboration and training through 2016, Bioversity International and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have agreed to collaborate on biodiversity use and conservation, technical assistance, publications, outreach and training, as well as support for the exchange of plant genetic resources.

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Custodian Farmers Discuss the Conservation of Crop Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International9 August 2013: Building on a recent regional workshop in New Delhi, India, to establish a community of custodian farmers in Asia, national representatives, international specialists and farmers met in Pokhara, Nepal, to discuss strategies to strengthen the role of custodian farmers in on-farm conservation.

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CBD Calls for Contributions to Civil Society Newsletter [viewed]

CBD5 August 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) seeks contributions from members of civil society and indigenous and local community organizations for the eighth issue of the CBD newsletter for civil society, titled '[square brackets],' which is scheduled for publication in October 2013.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Reports of Intersessional Committee Meetings [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated the reports of the resumed fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on the standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the Multilateral System (MLS), the resumed seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy and the first meeting of the Compliance Committee.

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Article 10 of the ABS Protocol [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert meeting will focus on issues related to the global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism provided for under Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing. Participants will review the synthesis of the online discussions on Article 10, and identify potential areas of common understanding and areas for further examination.  

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