Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

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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Bioversity International Publishes Report of Capacity-Building Project on ITPGR Implementation [viewed]

Bioversity International18 November 2013: Bioversity International has published the report of the mid-term review workshop on a project, titled 'Strengthening national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (ITPGR), which brings together partners from Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Nepal, Rwanda and Uganda as well as other international organizations.

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Japan Ratifies ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGR28 October 2013: Japan has acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), bringing the total number of Parties to 130.

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CGRFA Secretariat Prepares for Report on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has invited countries to nominate a national focal point for coordinating the preparation of their country report as a contribution to the preparation of the report on the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, as well as to report on the conditions under which specific genetic resources for food and agriculture are exchanged and utilized in all subsectors.

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FAO Examines Role of Biotechnology in Small-Scale Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Systems [viewed]

FAO29 October 2013: Covering 19 case studies where biotechnology has been used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication titled, 'Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders.' 

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