Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

CBD Circulates Questionnaire on Capacity Building for ABS Protocol Implementation [viewed]

CBD6 October 2011: In preparation for the second meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated questionnaires on: domestic needs and priorities for capacity building and development in support of the implementation of the Protocol; and proposed elements of a strategic framework for capacity building and development under the Protocol.

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CBD Sends Input to UNFCCC on Biodiversity, ILC Aspects of REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

CBD30 September 2011: A submission of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) contains summaries of four expert workshops on the links between biodiversity and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), including relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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G-77/China Ministers Call for Implementation of Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

29 September 2011: The Ministerial Declaration of the Group of 77 and China, adopted on 23 September 2011 in New York, recognizes the important outcomes of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the fifth meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and calls for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 64 Signatories [viewed]

CBD28 September 2011: The number of signatories to the Nagoya Protocol 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) has reached 64, following several additions on the margins of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters, New York, US.

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Event: Capacity-building Workshop on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It will focus on implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, particularly as it relates to traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, as well as capacity-building needs and priorities.  

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Event: CBD Central Asia Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop is expected to address issues related to the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing, the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and national biodiversity strategies and action plans, the Strategy on Resource Mobilization, and innovative financing for biodiversity and ecosystem services.  

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ABS Protocol Signing Ceremony Adds New Signatories [viewed]

CBD20 September 2011: The number of signatories to the Nagoya Protocol 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) has reached 54, following a number of additions during a signing ceremony held on the margins of the opening of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters, New York, US, on 20 September 2011.

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CGRFA Invites Comments on Concept Note for State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

September 2011: The Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has invited comments on the concept note of the first-ever report on The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.

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SPC Announces Initiative to Conserve Forest Genetic Materials [viewed]

19 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has begun working with Pacific Island countries (PICs) to encourage regional conservation and the sharing of forest genetic materials, specifically germplasm of priority wood species, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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