Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Bioversity International Case Study Explores Community-Based Biodiversity Management in Nepal [viewed]

Bioversity International13 March 2014: Bioversity International has published a case study on community-based biodiversity management (CBM) for watershed restoration in the Kaski District of Nepal. The study reports lessons from Bioversity International's work with Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), alongside other national and international research organizations, to organize local groups in the region to develop and advance CBM activities, including participatory plant breeding, training workshops and community seedbanks.

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ITPGR Launches Third Call for Proposals Under Benefit-sharing Fund [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched its third call for project proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. The focus of the call is to provide financial resources for targeted projects that support farmers' activities for climate change adaptation, as well as the co-development and transfer of technologies.

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Event: CBD Capacity-building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

This workshop aims to promote awareness of the core provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), and strengthen the capacity of participating countries to undertake the necessary steps to ratify/accede to the Protocol and prepare for its effective implementation, with a view to contributing to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 16 on the Protocol. It will include a one-day training session on the pilot phase of the ABS Clearing-House.  

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Event: WIPO IGC 27 [viewed]

At its 27th meeting, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is expected to hold a 10-day, text-based negotiating session focusing on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.  

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Bioversity to Support Plant Genetic Resources Use for Agricultural Adaptation in Mesoamerica [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMarch 2014: Bioversity International has released a Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen the Conservation and Use of Mesoamerican Plant Genetic Resources in Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change (SAPM) 2014-2024, a ten-year roadmap that aims to increase food security and agricultural adaptation to climate change.

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ITPGR Report on Enhancing Implementation in Asia Released [viewed]

ITPGR7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has released the report of the first Asian meeting of the national focal points of the Treaty. The report, inter alia, outlines areas for cooperation among Asian countries to enhance ITPGR implementation.

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ICNP 3 Adopts Recommendations in Preparation for COP/MOP 1, Makes Progress on Compliance [viewed]

CBD3 March 2014: Meeting from 24-28 February 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the third Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ICNP 3) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of recommendations in preparation for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 1) to the Protocol.

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ITPGR Launches Work on Measures to Enhance Benefit-sharing [viewed]

ITPGR26 February 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is inviting parties to submit relevant information for studies on enhancing the function of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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Guest Article #20: Making ABS Systems Work at the National Level [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ICNP 3) is scheduled to be held in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the 24-28 February 2014. The meeting comes at a crucial time; when momentum for a speedy entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has picked up, with close to thirty countries ratifying/acceding to the Protocol.

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WIPO IGC Makes Progress on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Brackets Remain [viewed]

Wipo10 February 2014: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) concluded its 26th session with a streamlined draft text on intellectual property and genetic resources, indicating both progress and remaining differences.

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