Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Event: CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture' [viewed]

Immediately preceding the 15th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), this information seminar will focus on biodiversity and food security.  

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ITPGR Secretariat Holds Event on Benefit-sharing During International Green Week [viewed]

ITPGR17 January 2014: An event on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), held on 17 January 2014 in Berlin, Germany, convened as part of International Green Week 2014. The event focused on the importance of strengthening funding for the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, which supports projects in developing countries, and the enhancement of the Treaty's Multilateral System of access and benefit-sharing, which enables the exchange of plant genetic material for food security throughout the world.

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ITPGR Releases GB 5 Report; Announces Sri Lankan Ratification [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Secretariat has circulated the final report of the fifth session of the ITPGR Governing Body (GB 5), which convened from 24-28 September 2013, in Muscat, Oman, and has announced that Sri Lanka has ratified the Treaty, bringing the total number of Parties to 131.

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Event: African Union Technical Expert Group Meeting on ABS [viewed]

Hosted by the Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), this meeting is expected to address issues related to the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits (ABS).  

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ITPGR Training Workshop for Asia Report Available Online [viewed]

ITPGR17 January 2014: Titled 'Enhancing Capacities to Understand and Implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Report of an International Training Workshop,' and published by Bioversity International, this report documents a training course on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held in Tsukuba, Japan.

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Two French Collections of Forages and Potato Included in the ITPGR MLS [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: France has notified the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) that two new collections of forages and potato are now included in the ITPGR Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing and available for transfer under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

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Event: CBD Workshop for Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe on the Fifth National Report [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will focus on the preparation of the fifth national reports under the CBD, including: assessing the status and trends of, and threats to, biodiversity; implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans and biodiversity mainstreaming; and assessing progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets and relevant 2015 targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the pilot online reporting system to monitor progress on implementation.  

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CGIAR Integrates TK and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Communities into Research [viewed]

CGIAR15 January 2015: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has highlighted its efforts to link traditional knowledge (TK) of farmers to laboratory and experimental field based research, as well as steps members of the Group are taking to secure the TK rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Update on Benefit-sharing Projects [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published an update on the projects sponsored by the second round of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, currently in implementation in 31 countries across Asia, Africa, the Near East, and Central and South America.

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Central African Biodiversity Working Group Discusses CBD and IPBES-Related Issues [viewed]

cbfpDecember 2013: The 18th meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group, established under the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), gathered representatives of Central African countries to review activities related to national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), prepare for the second plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) and adopt the Working Group's 2014 roadmap.

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