Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Bioversity International Explores Cryopreservation for Conservation of Coffee Biodiversity [viewed]

December 2011: Noting the importance of genetic diversity of coffee to provide resistance to pests and diseases, as well as the challenges of conserving coffee seeds, Bioversity International is experimenting with options for conserving genetic resources at temperatures of -196 degrees celsius with liquid nitrogen. The cryopreservation study was performed at the Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza (CATIE), in Bolivia, one of the world's largest field collections of coffee.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 75 Signatures, Two Ratifications [viewed]

CBD16 January 2012: 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 75, following signatures by Cyprus, Guinea, Jordan, Lithuania, Micronesia, Morocco, Somalia and Vanuatu. In addition, Jordan joined Gabon in ratifying the Protocol.

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GEF Approves First Access and Benefit Sharing Project Under Nagoya Protocol Fund [viewed]

GEF12 January 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved the first project under the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF). The project seeks to discover nature-based products of interest to the pharmaceutical and agro-chemical industries in Panama, including compounds to cure cancer and other tropical diseases.

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Arab Ministers Reaffirm Support to CBD and its Protocols [viewed]

10 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a communiqué highlighting the outcome of the 23rd meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), which took place from 21-22 December 2011, in Cairo, Egypt.

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Event: Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction [viewed]

The fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction will take place from 7-11 May 2012, in New York, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 66/231 of 24 December 2011, paragraph 168.  

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CBD Secretariat Circulates CBD COP 11 Agenda [viewed]

CBD9 December 2011: In preparation for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 11), the CBD Secretariat has circulated the provisional agenda and annotated agenda for the meeting, as approved by the COP Bureau.

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ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment [viewed]

ACTO22 November 2011: At their XI meeting in Manaus, Brazil, the Foreign Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries adopted a declaration to be forwarded to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a "Manaus Commitment" pledging new actions for ACTO cooperation.

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Event: CBD African Workshop on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

The purpose of this Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is to address various issues that countries in the region may have encountered or will encounter while updating their national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), with a focus on target setting, stakeholder engagement and the development of country-specific plans for mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of NBSAPs. In addition, the workshop will focus specifically on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity as an important tool for biodiversity mainstreaming.  

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ABS Protocol Reaches 67 Signatures, Gabon the First to Ratify [viewed]

CBD16 November 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 67, following signatures by Argentina, Benin and Djibouti. In addition, Gabon recently became the first country to ratify the Protocol.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Quarterly Report of Convention [viewed]

CBD16 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the 54th issue of the Quarterly Report on the Administration of the Convention, covering the period from 1 July-30 September 2011.

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