Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

CBD Announces Series of Capacity Building Workshops for ILCs [viewed]

CBD29 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that it is organizing a series of regional capacity building workshops for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Africa, and the Asia and Pacific regions, aiming to improve the numbers of indigenous and local community (ILC) representatives, with an emphasis on women, effectively involved in the CBD processes, as well as to build their capacity to do so.

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ITPGR Secretary Takes Stock of Ten Years of Implementation [viewed]

March 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published the March 2012 edition of its Leading the Field newsletter, which features an article by ITPGR Secretary Shakeel Bhatti on the Treaty's first ten years of implementation.

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IICA, FAO to Consolidate Joint Efforts in LAC [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), has signed a letter of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to consolidate their joint efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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FAO Assessment on Teak Highlights Decline in Natural Forests [viewed]

FAO26 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has completed a Teak Resources and Market Assessment in 60 tropical countries, which notes the decline in the quality of natural grown teak but also identifies an increase in the area and quality of planted teak forests.

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ABS Protocol Compliance Meeting Discusses Draft Procedures and Mechanisms [viewed]

CBDMarch 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the report of the expert meeting on compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), held from 28 February – 1 March 2012, in Montreal, Canada.

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UNU, Japan Host Symposium on Nagoya Protocol Implementation [viewed]

8 March 2012: The UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (MOFA) co-organized an international symposium on domestic measures to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

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SPC Announces Plant Health Clinics Pilot Project [viewed]

5 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that a pilot plant health clinic will be tested in Solomon Islands, and if successful, scaled up to include other Pacific Island countries.

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WIPO IGC Focuses on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources [viewed]

29 February 2012: The 20th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) prepared and agreed to transmit a single, consolidated document on intellectual property and genetic resources to the next session of the WIPO General Assembly, scheduled to take place in October 2012.

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SPC, FFPRI to Cooperate on Forestry Research [viewed]

29 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) of Japan. SPC and FFPRI will conduct collaborative research activities (CRAs) to identify and provide solutions to issues of tree breeding and stand improvement in coastal areas.  

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Land Grabs, Forest Carbon Co-benefits and Prospects for Rio+20 [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the February issue of its newsletter, which summarizes recent CIFOR publications and blog postings on biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change in the context CIFOR's activities. 

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