Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

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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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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