Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

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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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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