Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

FAO and Bioversity International Release Book Calling for Sustainable Diets and Food Biodiversity [viewed]

8 August 2012: A new book, titled "Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity: Directions and Solutions for Policy, Research and Action," urges action to promote sustainable diets and food biodiversity for the health of humans and the Earth. The book contains the proceedings of the International Scientific Symposium titled "Biodiversity and Sustainable Diets United Against Hunger," which convened in November 2010.

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BioCAN Promotes Best Practices in Sharing Benefits from Biodiversity [viewed]

12 July 2012: The Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, held a workshop aimed at sharing concepts and tools for improving the benefits of products derived from biodiversity and sustainable management of wild species. Participants addressed how best to organize pilot projects, with a focus on lessons learned, and discussed building a set of subregional guidelines on best practice in benefit sharing along the value chain for such products.

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PROFOR Newsletter Focuses on Forest Governance [viewed]

3 July 2012: The July edition of the Newsletter of the World Bank's Program on Forests' (PROFOR) highlights a new publication titled "Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool," which outlines 130 questions that help to guide countries seeking to identify priority areas for change in forest governance.

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Nagoya Protocol Committee Adopts Recommendations on Future Work, Financial Issues [viewed]

6 July 2012: The second meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP) on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted eight recommendations setting the groundwork for the Protocol's implementation and entry into force.

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CGIAR Releases Updated Guidelines for Collecting Plant Genetic Diversity [viewed]

25 June 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has made available an updated version of the Technical Guidelines for Collecting Plant Genetic Resources on the website of the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base, established under CGIAR's System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP).

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High-Level Round Table on ITPGR Convenes in Rio [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Second High-Level Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) took place at the Rio Centro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 21 June 2012, during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event was co-organized by Brazil and Italy, under the patronship of the High-level Task Force of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the ITPGR.

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UNCTAD Congress Takes Stock of Achievements of BioTrade [viewed]

UNCTAD18 June 2012: The first Global BioTrade Congress, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), discussed the achievements and lessons learned of the BioTrade initiative, which aims at supporting biodiversity objectives while providing a source of income for local development.

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Rio Conventions Launch Brochure on Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

19 June 2012: On the sidelines to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a joint brochure outlining gender mainstreaming in the three Conventions, and describing challenges and opportunities for synergistic action.

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European Environment Ministers Discuss 7th Action Programme [viewed]

11 June 2012: The European Environment Ministers met in the Environment Council to adopt conclusions on setting the framework for the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP) and on preparations for key biodiversity and climate meetings, among other items.

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Mexico Ratifies ABS Protocol [viewed]

May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that Mexico became the fifth country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD, on 16 May 2012. It is the first of the so-called megadiverse countries to do so.

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