Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

PROFOR Brief Focuses on Benefit Sharing Arrangements for Forest-Dependent Communities [viewed]

April 2012: The multi-donor Program on Forests Partnership (PROFOR) has published a brief on benefits sharing arrangements in initiatives for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks). The brief focuses on how to identify beneficiaries when rights are unclear and how to transfer benefits.

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WIPO IGC Continues Negotiations on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

24 April 2012: The 21st session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) advanced in its negotiations on an international instrument/instruments, focusing on draft articles on the protection of traditional knowledge.

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ITPGR Multilateral System Gets Moroccan Wheat Accessions [viewed]

April 2012: The Multilateral System (MLS) of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) received 351 new wheat accessions that were evaluated during a project implemented in Morocco and funded by the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund.

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IUCN Conservation Oceania Highlights Activities on Climate Change and Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

March 2012: The March issue of the monthly update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) news in the Oceania Region features articles on: the Declaration by Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders on environment and climate change issues; new solar home systems in Tonga; and a workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing Arising from their Utilization.

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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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