Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Event: CBD Regional Workshop for Arctic States on NBSAPs [viewed]

This workshop, convened by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with GRID Arendal, UNEP Moscow, CAFF, WWF, and IUCN, among others, aims to bring together Arctic scientists, national biodiversity policy-makers, and other key stakeholders to review how best to integrate the urgent need for biodiversity and ecosystem-based management in the Arctic region into the post-Nagoya revision of NBSAPs, including the setting of appropriate national targets to reflect the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.  

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UNCCD Newsletter Focuses on Genetic Resources [viewed]

July 2011: The latest issue of UNCCD News reports on global efforts to preserve genetic resources, foster crop diversity, and Africa's Nerica rice, among other topics.

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International Potato Center Releases Report Highlighting Biodiversity and Climate Priorities [viewed]

July 2011: The International Potato Center's (CIP) Annual Report presents a strategy for enhancing impacts and case studies from priority regions and issues. 

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FCPF, UN-REDD Publish Jointly Commissioned Papers on REDD+ [viewed]

1 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published three jointly-commissioned papers on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The peer-reviewed papers address participation, benefit-sharing and safeguards initiatives for REDD+.

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CBD and ITPGR Announce Efforts on Coherent Implementation of ITPGR and Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, and the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), Shakeel Bhatti, recently announced joint capacity-building activities for 2011 and early 2012, which will seek the coherent implementation of the ITPGR and 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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CBD Circulates Corrections to French Version of Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

27 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification received by the UN Secretary-General, acting as depository of the Convention, regarding a list of corrections to the French version of the original text 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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Event: Eighth Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes [viewed]

This workshop is expected to address the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization, the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and implementation of the CBD Strategy for Resource Mobilization.  

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Event: Seventh Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes [viewed]

This workshop is expected to address the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization, the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and implementation of the CBD Strategy for Resource Mobilization.  

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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Three African Countries, EU and 12 Member States Sign ABS Protocol [viewed]

CBD23 June 2011: The number of signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has reached 37, following recent signatures by Gabon, Mauritania and Ghana, as well as by the European Union (EU) and 12 of its member States.

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