Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Bioversity International Newsletter Features Stories on IYF 2011 [viewed]

July 2011: Bioversity International has published the July 2011 issue of its "Newsletter for Europe," featuring stories on the International Year of Forests 2011, preparation of the State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources, and the European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources.

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CGRFA 13 Adopts Second Global Plan of Action on PGRFA, Takes Action on ABS for Agricultural Biodiversity, Climate Change [viewed]

22 July 2011: The 13th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) has: adopted the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA); established an Ad hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); and developed a roadmap for climate change and GRFA.

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New Fund Established at FAO for Livestock Biodiversity Management [viewed]

FAO21 July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will manage a new fund to help developing countries conserve and use their livestock breeds.

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"Rice Today" Highlights IRRI Contributions to Seed Vault [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July to September 2011 edition of it magazine "Rice Today," which includes an article on IRRI's contributions to the global seed vault.

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FAO Seminar Considers Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

16 July 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization held a Special Information Seminar on" Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities," addressing the impacts of climate change on the conservation of genetic resources in different agricultural sectors as well as opportunities for adaptation and challenges and possible responses in integrating the issue with the international climate change agenda.

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CBD West Africa Workshop Focuses on Finance and Biodiversity [viewed]

12 July 2011: A regional workshop on finance and biodiversity, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Country Support Programme, was held on 9 July 2011, in Dakar, Senegal.

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CBD Workshop for East Africa Focuses on NBSAPs [viewed]

7 July 2011: The regional workshop for Eastern Africa on updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) was held from 27-30 June 2011, in Kigali, Rwanda. A parallel seminar on business and biodiversity was held on 30 June.

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CCAFS Calls for Abstracts for Planet Under Pressure Conference [viewed]

July 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has called for the submission of abstracts for the upcoming conference on "Planet Under Pressure 2012: New knowledge towards solutions."

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CGIAR's System-wide Genetic Resources Programme Calls for Contributions to Crop Genebank Knowlege Base [viewed]

July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released an online resource, the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base (CGKB), for genebank managers and conservationists to provide an access point for crop-specific knowledge, practices for germplasm management, and a collection of publications and training materials.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for Arctic States on NBSAPs [viewed]

This workshop, convened by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with GRID Arendal, UNEP Moscow, CAFF, WWF, and IUCN, among others, aims to bring together Arctic scientists, national biodiversity policy-makers, and other key stakeholders to review how best to integrate the urgent need for biodiversity and ecosystem-based management in the Arctic region into the post-Nagoya revision of NBSAPs, including the setting of appropriate national targets to reflect the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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