Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Land Grabs, Forest Carbon Co-benefits and Prospects for Rio+20 [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the February issue of its newsletter, which summarizes recent CIFOR publications and blog postings on biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change in the context CIFOR's activities. 

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Event: International Symposium on Domestic Measures to Implement the Obligations under the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This symposium, organized with the financial and organizational support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Institute for Sustainability and Peace of the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is designed to support a coherent implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization (ABS).  

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 92 Signatures, Two Ratifications [viewed]

CBD3 February 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 92, following recent signatures by Australia, Cambodia, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nigeria, Moldova, Senegal, Thailand and Ukraine.

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ITPGR Launches New Website [viewed]

18 January 2012: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched a new website that offers a single, one-stop access point to information on plant genetic resources.

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Bioversity International Releases Manual on Dietary Diversity Projects [viewed]

January 2012: In a recently issued manual on "Improving nutrition with agricultural biodiversity," Bioversity International outlines approaches to implement field projects that assess and improve dietary diversity, as well as nutrition and health outcomes.

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Andean Community Approves Budget for 18 BioCAN Projects [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Oversight Committee for the Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, approved a budget of €4 million for 18 pilot projects during the January 2012-June 2013 period. The approved projects are expected to contribute to the development of regional biodiversity products such as the Amazon Regional Information Platform (PIRAA), guidelines for land zoning and sustainable use of Amazonian biodiversity, and norms for wildlife management. 

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Year in Review Report [viewed]

CBD16 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the Convention's year-in-review report, highlighting developments in 2011.

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Seed Potato Roadmap Developed for East African Countries [viewed]

January 2012: The International Potato Center (CIP) has developed a five-year strategy, a "Seed Potato Value Chain Roadmap," for Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, to increase the availability of high-quality seed potatoes and promote improved seed-potato management.

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