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#102013
2014-11-27

Kenya in new plan to benefit from wildlife resources used for research

Two decades after Kenya lost valuable enzymes from lakes in the Rift Valley to unscrupulous researchers, who sold the material to companies for manufacture of chemicals, the government has initiated a project that will ensure the proceeds of the sale of harvested enzymes benefit local communities.

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#101986
2014-11-25

Namibian genetic resources in the spotlight

WINDHOEK – The ways and means of how to protect and promote innovations and developments from the use of Namibian genetic resources for food and agriculture to extract maximum benefit from them was placed under the spotlight last week when role players in the industry staged the first ever works ...

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#101912
2014-11-18

Kenyan Community Benefits From Its Genetic Resources

KAMPALA, UGANDA – In Kenya, residents living around Lake Bogoria in Baringo County have received Kenya shillings 2.3 million, about USD 26,000, as royalties paid by a Danish bio-enzyme company.

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#101604
2014-10-23

The Nagoya Protocol: A Treaty Waiting to Happen

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - For over 20 years, Mote Bahadur Pun of Nepal’s western Myagdi district has been growing ‘Paris polyphylla’ – a Himalayan herb used to cure pain, burns and fevers.

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#101352
2014-10-09

UNCTAD Secretary-General Kituyi hails the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

I congratulate the Parties and the Executive Secretary of the CBD on this historic achievement in the annals of multilateral environmental agreements.

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#101353
2014-10-09

Nagoya Protocol Enters Into Force, Will Be Tested In Months To Come

The Nagoya Protocol, a treaty expected to ensure greater access to genetic resources and a mandatory fair benefit-sharing of the benefits that could be derived from those resources, will enter into force on 12 October, almost four years after it was agreed.

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#101156
2014-09-30

Biopiracy ban stirs red-tape fears

A major international agreement is coming into force to combat ‘biopiracy’ — profiting from biological products while failing to compensate the community from which they originate. The Nagoya Protocol aims to ensure that developing nations benefit when their plants, animals or microbes are used ...

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#100509
2014-08-18

Promoting access to Brazil's genetic heritage

As the largest country in Latin America and the fifth largest in the world, with a population of around 200 million, it is perhaps not surprising that Brazil has the largest pharmaceutical market in Latin America. The size of this market has also been buoyed during the twenty-first century by a ...

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#100105
2014-07-18

'Will use bio-diversity Act to enforce Nagoya Protocol in Ind'

The Nagoya Protocol, which is a crucial feature of global attempts at conserving biodiversity, will be implemented in India through the Biological Diversity Act, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha today.

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#100092
2014-07-17

Nagoya Protocol to help conserve biodiversity: Javadekar

New Delhi: The Nagoya Protocol, which will create incentives to conserve biodiversity, has received the required 50th instrument of ratification on July 14, India today said.

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#100093
2014-07-17

Peru Ratifies Nagoya Protocol On Genetic Resources

Peru has recently ratified 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, the Andean country's Foreign Ministry reported Tuesday.

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#100094
2014-07-17

Namibia: Bio-Cultural Protocol for Khoe Community On Cards

EFFORTS are underway to introduce a bio-cultural protocol for one of Namibia's indigenous people -the Khoe community- who reside in Bwabwata National Park in Namibia's West and in the Kavango and Zambezi regions.

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#100069
2014-07-16

With 51 Ratifications, Nagoya Protocol To Enter Into Force In October

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will enter into force on 12 October, following the ratification of 12 more countries last week.

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#100074
2014-07-16

Governments Fulfil their Commitment: Access and Benefit-Sharing Treaty Receives Required Number of Ratifications to Enter into Force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#100075
2014-07-16

Nagoya Protocol reaches threshold

A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection adopted at a meeting in Nagoya in 2010 will come into effect on Oct. 12 this year, the protocol’s secretariat in Montreal said Monday.

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#100076
2014-07-16

Nagoya Protocol to take effect in October, but Japan has yet to ratify it

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will take effect in October, but without the participation of Japan--even though it spearheaded the initiative

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#100051
2014-07-15

Green under siege: world's biodiversity hotspots 85 percent impacted

The world's 35 biodiversity hotspots—which harbor 75 percent of the planet's endangered land vertebrates—are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots.

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#100058
2014-07-15

Access and benefit-sharing treaty receives required number of ratifications to enter into force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#100017
2014-07-10

Seed Treaty Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary; Focus On Funding, Collaborations

The International Seed Treaty held a celebratory high-level event recently to mark the tenth anniversary of its entry into force.

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#99582
2014-06-10

Questions and answers on access and benefit-sharing

Biodiversity, the variety of life of Earth, is protected by an international convention, the Convention on Biological Diversity (the CBD). The EU and its Member States are Parties to this Convention.

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#99506
2014-06-05

Namibia: Nagoya Protocol Demands More Work From Namibia

"ONE of the biggest tasks facing Namibia now after acceding to the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity, will be to implement the provisions of this international environmental legal instrument", says a senior biodiversity expert in the Minis ...

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#99413
2014-06-02

UAE hosts the Regional Workshop of Capacity Building for Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

The Ministry of Environment and Water hosted today (1 June, 2014) "The Regional Workshop of Capacity Building for Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing" in collaboration with the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in City Seasons Suites Dubai.

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#99367
2014-05-29

We need to talk about Nagoya

On 14 April 2014, the Council of the EU adopted a regulation that will affect researchers throughout Europe, by enabling ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.

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#99229
2014-05-22

CARICOM Gets Ready to Implement the Nagoya Protocol

Georgetown, May 21 (Prensa Latina) The CARICOM Secretariat maintains updated strategies to enhance capacity of Member States to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing.

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#99241
2014-05-22

Guyana’s Environment Minister spotlights need for action to guard against bio-piracy

A ONE-WEEK sub-regional capacity-building workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) of natural resources countries’ biodiversity, opened on Monday at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Annex at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.

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#99242
2014-05-22

CARICOM enhances Member States’ Capacity to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

Georgetown : The CARICOM Secretariat continued to put measures in place to enhance capacity of Member States to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing by hosting its third capacity-building workshop on the issue. The

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#99243
2014-05-22

Caribbean Urged To Implement Measures To Take Full Advantage Of Nagoya Protocol

GEORGETOWN, Guyana CMC – A regional workshop on the Nagoya Protocol began here on Monday with a senior official of the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat urging countries to take measures to ensure that laws, policies and programs of action are put in place to take full advan ...

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#99149
2014-05-20

Namibia: Nam Accedes to the Nagoya Protocol

IN A move that shows the country's commitment to the protection and sustainable use of its biological diversity, Namibia has acceded to the Nagoya Protocol (NP) on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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#99121
2014-05-15

International Seed Treaty Brainstorming For Sustainability

A working group established by the international seed treaty of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week is examining ways to raise its income level, in particular innovative approaches to attract more industry participation.

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#98980
2014-05-07

EU’s Nagoya Protocol Ratification: How It Works

The European Union Council of Ministers on 14 April adopted a decision approving the ratification of a protocol meant to facilitate access to genetic resources and to provide the fair sharing of commercial benefits with provider countries. The target date for ratification is July 2014, according ...

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#98184
2014-03-27

GMOs" Kenya officials to interrogate Nagoya Protocol

Kenyan state law office, environmentalists and scientists will hold a meeting enxt week to interrogate suitability of the country to or not to sign the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol that opened for signature in 2011.

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#98125
2014-03-25

ALADI Highilights Need to Ratify the Nagoya Protocol

Montevideo, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) Latin America has the largest biodiversity on the planet, but only two countries in the region have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on biological diversity, ALADI reported today.

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#98052
2014-03-19

EU Parliament gives Nagoya Protocol green light

The European Parliament has given its overwhelming consent ­- with 647 votes in favour - for the EU to be legally bound to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) ­to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which was signed by world leaders in the Japanese city in 2010.

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#97984
2014-03-14

Mozambique's Parliament Ratifies Nagoya Protocol On Genetic Resources

MAPUTO, March 14 (BERNAMA-NNN-AIM) -- The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, has voted unanimously to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits Arising from their Use.

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#97972
2014-03-13

Strasbourg comment: Nagoya protocol on access to genetic resources

Sandrine Bélier says the European parliament's adoption of the Nagoya report is 'good news' for the EU's international biodiversity commitments.

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#97813
2014-02-27

Ethiopian natural resources at risk

A long drawn out patent row between Ethiopia and the Netherlands concerning teff – a highly nutritious ancient grain variety – has made headlines in Ethiopia, but a local official is worried that not only teff is in danger of being "looted."

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#97763
2014-02-24

Korea urged to ratify pact on use of genetic materials

The head of an international organization overseeing biological diversity talks urged Korea to ratify an international agreement on the use of genetic materials for the promotion of its economy.

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#97596
2014-02-13

WIPO Genetic Resources Talks Advance, Though Differences Linger

Delegates meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last week made some limited progress in discussions on genetic resources and intellectual property rights, producing a new streamlined draft text to forward to the organisation’s General Assembly in September.

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#97491
2014-02-07

New CBD Access And Benefit Sharing Clearing-House Website Presented At WIPO

A new website of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity will allow tracking of the use of genetic resources in order to ensure access and benefit-sharing of those resources.

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#97454
2014-02-06

New WIPO Text On Genetic Resources Misappropriation; Disclosure Still Uncertain

World Intellectual Property Organization member countries are working to get past their differences this week toward agreement on a way to protect genetic resources from biopiracy.

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#97407
2014-02-04

Amid Proposals, Ambassadors Fail To Unlock WIPO Talks On TK, GRs

The World Intellectual Property Organization committee working on ways to protect genetic resources and traditional knowledge opened a weeklong meeting yesterday by gathering country ambassadors to try to inject momentum into discussions.

News Headlines
#97192
2014-01-24

EU introduce new rules on sharing of genetic resources

An agreement struck by European Parliament and Council negotiators on access to genetic resources and sharing the benefits of their use was backed by the environment committee on Wednesday.

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#97050
2014-01-16

Cherokee seed project sows respect for the past, hope for the future

The Cherokee Indians are preserving the roots of their heritage with a program that allows officially recognized members of the tribe to access seeds that are unique to the Cherokee Nation.

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#97012
2014-01-15

Regulating biodiversity in India and Nepal

In a world marked by climate change, biodiversity is important for food security. Several international treaties regulate adaptation, access to and sharing of plant genetic resources.

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#96202
2013-11-04

Will the Nagoya Protocol impact your synthetic biology research?

The United Nations (UN) is working to ensure that the benefits of genetic resources are shared in a fair and equitable way via the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity, though questions remain about how this treaty will impact research in synthetic biology.

News Headlines
#95910
2013-10-11

Norway has ratified the Nagoya Protocol

Norway has become the first developed country to have ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing to genetic resources.

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#95765
2013-10-01

WIPO Assembly Approves New Work Mandate On GR, TK Protection

The World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly today renewed the mandate of its committee working on the protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

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#95729
2013-09-27

European Union: Restrictions Governing International Trade In Genetic Resources Move Closer To Adoption

European Parliament Approves a New Regulation to Implement and Ratify the Nagoya Protocol; Other Nations Consider Legislation to Regulate "Bioprospecting" and Ban "Biopiracy"

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#95510
2013-09-12

Statement by Commissioner Potočnik on the outcome of the vote in the European Parliament on the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation

I am pleased with the outcome of the European Parliament's vote today on the important issue of access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from their utilization (ABS).

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#95515
2013-09-12

EU lawmakers back ‘intellectual property rights’ over biodiversity

The European Parliament has agreed to rules that would prevent EU companies, particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector, from exploiting the natural resources of the world's indigenous communities by recognising their 'intellectual property rights' over local biodiversity.

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