Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

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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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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