Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

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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CBD Secretariat Reports on CBD Administration from January to June 2013 [viewed]

CBDOctober 2013: The 60th edition of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), covering the period from January to June 2013, has been made available online.

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CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) Adopts Draft Action Plan on Customary Sustainable Use [viewed]

CBD14 October 2013: Held from 7-11 October 2013, in Montreal, Canada, the Working Group on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge) and related provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) forwarded a number of recommendations to the Conference of the Parties (COP).

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Bioversity Publication Addresses Implementation of the ITPGR MLS in India [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2013: Titled 'A road map for implementing the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing in India' and published by Bioversity International and partners, this publication is a collection of 14 papers addressing a range of issues that are important to consider as India develops its strategy for implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and its multilateral system (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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