Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Bioversity International Supports Resilience to Coconut Diseases [viewed]

Bioversity International9 May 2013: Faced with a new lethal disease, Bogia syndrome, which affects coconut palms, other palm species and some banana varieties, Bioversity International, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), is working with a coconut genebank in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, to fight the disease and to re-locate a coconut genebank.

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CGRFA 14 Report and Decisions Available Online [viewed]

cgrfaMay 2013: The final report of the fourteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), including the Commission's decisions, has been made available online.

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Event: International Conference on Plant Genetic Resources, Food Security and Climate Change, and Third High-level Roundtable on the ITPGR [viewed]

The Third High-level Roundtable on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is organized under the patronship of the Government of Indonesia in the context of the International Conference on Plant Genetic Resources, Food Security and Climate Change. The High-level Roundtable will focus on the policy contribution of the Treaty to cope with global challenges related to biodiversity, climate change and food security.  

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WIPO IGC Advances Draft on Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

WIPO29 April 2013: Held from 22-26 April 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, the 24th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) focused on improving a draft text of an international legal instrument on intellectual property and traditional knowledge.

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CGRFA 14 Adopts GPA on Forest Genetic Resources, Genebank Standards [viewed]

FAO19 April 2013: The fourteenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) was held from 15-19 April 2013, at FAO headquarters, in Rome, Italy, and marked the Commission's 30th anniversary.

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ITPGR Circulates Report of Committee on Sustainable Use [viewed]

March 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated the report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), held from 8-9 November 2012, in Rome, Italy.

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ITPGR Circulates Report of Seventh Meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy [viewed]

March 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated the report of the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy, held from 18-20 September 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: CBD Capacity Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Middle East and Djibouti, Libya, Mauritania [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the framework of the medium-sized project on capacity building for early entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Japan Biodiversity Fund, this workshop will overview the key features of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and relevant international developments, will include an exchange of experiences on steps taken towards ratification and implementation, and will identify opportunities for support toward ratification and implementation.  

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Reports on Administration of the CBD for April - December 2012 Available Online [viewed]

CBD4 April 2013: The 57th, 58th and 59th editions of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), covering the period from April to December 2012, have been made available online.

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Bioversity International Releases Book on Nutrition and Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

25 March 2013: Bioversity International has published "Diversifying Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Food Security," which explores the current state of knowledge on the role of agricultural biodiversity in diet, nutrition and food security, with a focus on key research, implementation gaps and strategies for improving nutrition.

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