Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Nagoya Protocol Reaches 34 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD1 May 2014: Guyana, Hungary, Kenya and Viet Nam ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in April 2014, followed by Denmark, which ratified on 1 May 2014, bringing the total number ratifications to 34.

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Bioversity Promotes Action on Neglected and Underutilized Crops in Africa [viewed]

Bioversity International30 April 2014: Bioversity International has released an Action Plan and a policy brief, titled 'Realizing the promise of neglected and underutilized species,' to foster action on neglected and underutilized species (NUS) as strategic assets for food security in Africa.

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FAO Promotes Genetic Diversity in Agriculture through National Adaptation Plans [viewed]

FAO16 April 2014: Building on its climate change programme of work, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has begun to draft guidelines for the integration of genetic diversity into national climate change adaptation planning.

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CBD Secretariat Provides Update on Submission of Fifth National Reports [viewed]

CBD10 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued an update on the fifth national reports, which in accordance to COP Decision X/10, were to be submitted by 31 March 2014.

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Event: First Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

Established by the fifth session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) of the ITPGR, at its first meeting, will examine: factors leading to the current short-fall of income to the Benefit-sharing Fund; innovative approaches already identified; further possible innovative approaches; the concepts involved in revisiting Articles 6(7), 6(8) and 6(11) of the standard Material Transfer Agreement and their inter-relationship; and other measures that can enhance monetary benefit-sharing. The meeting will be preceded by a day of regional consultations, held on 13 May.  

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Guest Article #21: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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Indonesia Donates to ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 April 2014: Indonesia has become the first developing country to make a voluntary financial contribution into the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). 

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Working Group Engages in Substantive Discussions on BBNJ [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea4 April 2014: Delegates discussed the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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WIPO IGC Refines Draft Articles on Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expressions [viewed]

Wipo4 April 2014: Following two weeks of text-based negotiations, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) revised and forwarded to the WIPO General Assembly two sets of draft articles on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. These drafts, along with the draft on intellectual property and genetic resources forwarded by the IGC in February 2014, could form the basis of one or more international legal instruments.

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ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Input on Sustainable Use, Global Information System [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has invited parties to submit information on the sustainable use of, and the Global Information System on, plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

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