Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Compliance Under the Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

The Expert Meeting on cooperative procedures and institutional mechanisms to promote compliance with the Nagoya Protocol and to address cases of non-compliance will be organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

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Event: Climate Change Mitigation with Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The workshop aims to: reflect the range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses (including mitigation); support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation; compile data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists; support Indigenous peoples', local communities' and developing country scientists' engagement and research in international climate dialogues; provide policy makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of indigenous peoples and local communities; and outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  

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Working Group on 8j Adopts Eight Recommendations [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Ad hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted eight recommendations and made progress on additional issues. It faced difficulties, however, addressing three key topics, and did not tackle the issue of revising the CBD terminology from "indigenous and local communities" (ILCs) to “indigenous peoples and local communities” and implications for the Convention's work.

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CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) Convenes in Montreal [viewed]

CBD31 October 2011: The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened in Montreal, Canada, on Monday, 31 October 2011.

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CIMMYT Introduces Climate-Resilient Crops in Ethiopia and China [viewed]

October 2011: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has reported on the release of new wheat and maize varieties that are resistant to disease and adapted to climate change in China and Ethiopia.

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WIPO General Assembly Renews IGC Mandate [viewed]

5 October 2011: The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at its 40th (20th ordinary) session, held from 26 September-5 October 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, decided to renew the mandate of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) for the 2012-2013 biennium.

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Lucerne World Mountain Conference Calls for Strong Message at Rio+20 [viewed]

12 October 2011: The Lucerne World Mountain Conference adopted a Call for Action, including for adapting and developing mountain governance to avoid poverty, food insecurity and social exclusion. The Conference aimed to highlight the importance of mountains and feed into the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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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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