Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

WIPO Assembly Renews IGC Mandate [viewed]

Wipo3 October 2013: The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), held from 23 September to 2 October 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland, renewed the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) for the 2014-2015 biennium, and agreed on a schedule of sessions and a work programme for 2014.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 25 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD1 October 2013: With seven recent ratifications, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has reached 25 ratifications and is halfway to entry into force. Bhutan, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia and Norway ratified the Nagoya Protocol during the UN Treaty Event, held from 24-26 September and 30 September - 1 October 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. They were preceded by Honduras and Tajikistan, which ratified in 12 August and 4 September 2013, respectively.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates New Issue of Civil Society Newsletter [viewed]

square-bracketsOctober 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the eighth issue of [square brackets], the CBD newsletter for civil society, with a special focus on enhancing stakeholder engagement and the emergence of biocultural rights under the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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Study Looks at Benefits Arising from the ITPGR [viewed]

ITPGRSeptember 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated a publication compiling five studies, which provide an overview of the conceptual basis for assigning monetary and non-monetary values to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, and constitute the first steps towards a projection of benefit flows over time.

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ITPGR Governing Body Focuses on Enhancing Implementation [viewed]

ITPGR28 September 2013: The Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has adopted a series of resolutions that aim at enhancing implementation, including through the establishment of an Ad hoc Working Group on enhanced implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System for Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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ITPGR Receives First Batch of Premium Plant Varieties from Private Plant Breeders [viewed]

ITPGR25 September 2013: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has received a first batch of 216 protected commercial plant varieties from the German Plant Breeders Association.

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Bioversity International Highlights Crops Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalSeptember 2013: In a brief released on the sidelines of the fifth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) being held in Muscat, Oman, from 24-28 September 2013, Bioversity International explores the importance of using on farm crop varieties to help populations adapt to climate change.

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ITPGR Launches Online Tools for Managing Seeds and Genetic Material [viewed]

ITPGR24 September 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has presented two new sets of information technology tools designed to support implementation of the Treaty by facilitating the transfer of seeds and other genetic material and enhancing their management at the national level. The presentations took place alongside the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR held in Muscat, Oman, from 24-28 September 2013.

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ITPGR Governing Body Discusses Benefit-Sharing, Funding Strategy [viewed]

itpgrgb5-iisdrs24 September 2013: The Fifth Session of the Governing Body (GB5) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is convening to discuss, among others issues, the status of the implementation of the Treaty's Multilateral System for Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS); the inclusion of additional key food crops; and the implementation of the Treaty's funding strategy.

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GBIF Announces Historical Brazilian Collection [viewed]

GBIf16 September 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the availability of over half a million individual records from the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens (JBRJ) Research Institute. The collection, dating back to the early 19th century, serves as Brazil's first contribution to the BGIF since it joined in 2012.

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