Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

SPC to Collaborate with Caribbean on Conservation of Genetic Resources [viewed]

SPC16 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT), which aims to assist Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) in the conservation of the region's genetic resources by keeping collections of many plants, has announced it will collaborate with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) to share experience and expertise.

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Ministers Adopt Andean Environment Agenda, Water Resources Management Action Plan [viewed]

11 April 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) has approved the Andean Environmental Agenda (known by its Spanish acronym AAA) for the period 2012-2016, outlining common actions and capacity-building measures regarding climate change, biodiversity and water resources for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and the Action Plan for implementing CAN's Andean Strategy for Integrated Management of Water Resources (known by its Spanish acronym GIRH).

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Bioversity International Announces it is Reducing European and Developed Country Activities [viewed]

April 2012: In the April issue of its "Newsletter for Europe," Bioversity International has announced that it will no longer carry out direct research in Europe or other developed country regions, in order to better align with a focus on the use of agricultural biodiversity by smallholders in developing countries, and in situ conservation, as is consistent with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Bioversity International.

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Event: CBD Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities of the African Region [viewed]

This regional workshop aims to increase the number 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. This sub-regional workshop will focus on Articles 8(j) (traditional knowledge), 10(c)(customary sustainable use), and related provisions, as well as the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing, and aims at preparing ILC representatives for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, which will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 8-19 October 2012.  

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Rwanda Third Country to Ratify the ABS Protocol [viewed]

5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that, on 20 March 2012, Rwanda became the third 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.

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CBD Secretariat Outlines Planned Activities at UNCSD [viewed]

CBD5 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification outlining its contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including the Rio Conventions Pavilion, briefings on the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) as an instrument for sustainable development, and the message to be prepared by the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) on the role of biodiversity for sustainable development.

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Event: Knowledge for the 21st Century: Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Knowledge, Science and Connecting Diverse Knowledge Systems [viewed]

This International Dialogue Workshop will focus on fostering connections among diverse knowledge systems, with participants representing indigenous peoples and local communities, scientists, policymakers and governments. The workshop will take place prior to the second session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), scheduled to take place in Panama City from 16-21 April 2012. The workshop is being organized by The Resilience and Development Programme (Swedbio) at Stockholm Resilience Centre, in collaboration with "The national programme on local and traditional knowledge concerning the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity" (NAPTEK) at the Swedish Biodiversity Centre and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB).  

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CGIAR Catalogues Best Practices for Genebank Conservation [viewed]

7 March 2012: While seed conservation is a common approach to conserving genetic diversity of plants, not all crops can be kept in seed form and thus their conservation requires alternative storage methods, which have been catalogued in a set of three publications from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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Bioversity International, SPC Engage in Banana Conservation [viewed]

30 March 2012: Highlighting the challenge of conserving edible bananas, which do not have seeds, Bioversity International is participating in a project that seeks to protect varieties of banana. The project is being carried out in conjunction with the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and is part of a global effort to conserve banana genetic diversity and promote their use through the MusaNet network coordinated by Bioversity International. 

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