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Questions Arise Over EU Draft Regulation To Implement Nagoya Protocol

The European Commission has prepared a draft regulation to implement an international protocol to prevent biopiracy, leading two nongovernmental organisations to publish an opinion piece voicing concerns about it.

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Economic opportunities over traditional knowledge.

Indonesia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. Ironically, not everyone fully understands the value of these resources or how they can be utilized.

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EU ponders biopiracy law to protect indigeneous people

The European Parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of local knowledge such as plant-based medicines.

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Africa: First Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources Adopted By FAO Members

Rome — The first Global Plan for Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources was adopted last week by FAO's Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

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House endorses Nagoya, Rotterdam Protocols

The House of Representatives and the government endorsed on Thursday two international conventions that will protect the country’s biological diversity and the environment.

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Biopiracy rips off native medical knowledge

An international agreement would see profits go to indigenous peoples for uncovering medical uses of plant extracts rather than only pharmaceutical companies. But few countries pay much attention to the deal.

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Nagoya Protocol: Avoiding excessive costs

The member states' environment ministers do not question the relevance of the protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their use (ABS Protocol), signed in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010, but they nevertheless note that its implementatio ...

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Bali’s genetic resources vulnerable to ‘bio-piracy’

Being a top tourist destination visited by millions of foreigners from all over the world has one major downside: Bad people can easily gain access to this resort island.

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WIPO Side Event Addresses Recent Developments Related To The Nagoya Protocol

At the World Intellectual Property Organization meeting on protection of genetic resources last week, the secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organised a side event to introduce the key features and recent developments of the international protocol on access and benefi ...

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Belarus in no hurry to join Nagoya Protocol

Belarus is in no hurry to join the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Head of the Biological and Landscape Diversity Department of the Natural Resources and Enviro ...

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Indonesia to ratify Nagoya protocol in May

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian House of Representatives will ratify the Nagoya Protocol through a law expected to be signed in May this year, a legislator said.

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WIPO: Positions Locked On Protection Of Genetic Resources; Experts To The Rescue

Delegates attending the World Intellectual Property Organization’s committee on genetic resources this week restated their long-held positions on the issue at the start of the meeting yesterday before letting a secluded expert group try to bridge gaps.

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European Parliament Calls for Binding Instrument on Genetic Resources

A binding legal instrument would be the surest way to prevent the misappropriation of genetic resources (GRs) and traditional knowledge originating from biodiversity-rich developing countries, European Parliament members said last week.

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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Plant Genetic Resources

A Bill providing for the protection of Jamaica’s plant genetic resources was passed in the Senate on Friday (January 18).

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EU must act to combat biopiracy, say MEPs

The EU must combat the "biopiracy" of multinationals that exploit plants with medicinal properties and traditional remedies originating from developing countries but fail to share the profits with indigenous peoples, say MEPs in a resolution adopted by a show of hands on Tuesday.

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Tensions linger over discovery of coronavirus

A continuing row pits researchers against authorities in Saudi Arabia, where deadly pathogen was first isolated.

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EU Parliament To Vote On Measure Against Biopiracy; Focus On UN Protocol

European Union lawmakers will vote soon on a non-binding measure aimed at protecting genetic resources and fighting biopiracy, or misappropriation.

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Ratifying Nagoya Protocol key to curbing genetic biopiracy

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Despite being one of the world`s most bio-diverse nations, Indonesia has yet to receive compensation for the utilization of its genetic samples by foreign researchers to develop high-value products.

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Indonesia to ratify Nagoya Protocol

Indonesia will ratify the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources, fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization, Vice President Boediono said on Monday

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African nations slow to ratify global treaty on genetic resources

Arusha, Tanzania - Though in need of financial support to protect their environment, African countries are slow to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) from the utilisation of genetic resources, the continent’s environment experts meeting here were informed Monday.

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Aaranyak hosts session on ABS

A brainstorming consultation on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the Northeast was organised by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Aaranyak, and Indian NGOs Forum Conservation of Biological Diversity (INFC) here on Thursday last in collaboration with National Biodiversity Authority (NBA).

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Nagoya Protocol meet concludes, India says good progress

New Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) As many as 193 countries today wrapped up week-long consultations here as part of efforts to push for early implementation of the Nagoya Protocol aimed at ensuring that benefits of natural resources and their derivatives were shared with local communities.

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Making the Nagoya Protocol work at the community level

Two safeguards for communities' rights to resources can help implement the Nagoya Protocol, argues biodiversity specialist Krystyna Swiderska.

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India for early operationalisation of Nagaya Protocol

An "early and effective operationalisation" of the Nagoya Protocol is crucial for a balanced implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), India said today.

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The Second Meeting on Nagoya Protocol Inaugurated

The Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Nagoya Protocol (ICNP-2) on Access and Benefit Sharing is being held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated today and is being hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India from 2-6 July 2012.

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Nagoya Protocol Access & Benefit-Sharing Meeting Kicks Off In New Delhi

A key committee of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing treaty aimed at ensuring fair sharing of the benefits of genetic resources is meeting this week in New Delhi.

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Making the Nagoya Protocol work at the community level

Two safeguards for communities' rights to resources can help implement the Nagoya Protocol, argues biodiversity specialist Krystyna Swiderska.

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Rwanda: Govt Ratifies Key Environment Protocol

Rwanda became the third country in the world, after Angola and Jordan, to ratify the Nagoya Protocol that seek to equitably distribute amongst member states benefits arising from the proper conservation of environment resources.

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Biopiracy: Depriving indigenous rights

The issue of biopiracy, commercially exploiting naturally occurring biochemical or genetic material, has once again become a talking point following the recent arrest of a group of foreign ‘bio pirates’ in Kalpitiya.

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Resource-benefit awareness a priority

WINDHOEK – Namibia continues to involve all stakeholders in awareness creation on ‘Access and Benefit Sharing for Sustainable Utilisation of Cultural and Natural Assets’ in the country.

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Vital CBD Target Dates for the Aquarium Industry Approaching…Although Slowly

When the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits opened for signatures at the United Nations in March 2011, it sought to obtain 50 supporting signatures from members of the CBD (aka parties).

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The seed emergency: The threat to food and democracy

New Delhi, India - The seed is the first link in the food chain - and seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty. If farmers do not have their own seeds or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve and exchange, they have no seed sovereignty - and consequently n ...

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Panama is first to benefit from fund to tackle biopiracy

The Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF) — has announced its first beneficiary: a project exploring Panama's natural resources for use in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries.

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Access, benefit sharing of genetic resources gain ground in Asean

IMPLEMENTING the access and benefit-sharing (ABS) scheme presents a challenge and an opportunity for many countries in the Asean region.

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Access, benefit sharing of genetic resources gain ground in Asean

SERIOUS environmental concerns affect people and governments in the Asean region—climate change, pollution, forest fires and haze, access to clean water, land conversion, and mining, among others.

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Kenya moves to safeguard genetic wealth

About Sh10 billion will be used to take stock of Kenya’s genetic resources as a first step towards their commercialisation.

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Parliament to discuss draft law on protection of genetic resources and efficient use of cultivated plants

Baku. Rashad Suleymanov – APA. Parliament of Azerbaijan will discuss a draft law on protection of genetic resources and efficient use of cultivated plants, APA was told at the parliament.

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Desert’s Wealth is Wasted in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Oct 5, 2011 (Tierramérica) - The deserts of northern Mexico are home to various plant species that have been largely ignored, despite the considerable social, economic and environmental contributions they could make

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Four African nations sign on to the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources

The Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Niger have become the latest countries from Africa to sign the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Another three countries sign up to key UN protocol on biodiversity

26 September 2011 – Three African countries have signed a key protocol to a United Nations treaty aimed at encouraging more equitable sharing of the world’s genetic resources and their benefits, as the annual UN event to promote support for global pacts and conventions resumed today.

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Valuing biodiversity

Countries endowed with genetic resources contained in rich flora and fauna will welcome the addition of 19 party-signatories to the Nagoya Protocol, which forms part of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Environmental, human rights accords continue to gather support at UN treaty event

22 September 2011 – Conventions and protocols on human rights and the environment continued to receive widespread support from Member States on the third day of the annual United Nations event aimed at promoting greater participation in global treaties and international law.

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Key UN protocol on biodiversity receives another 13 signatories

20 September 2011 – Thirteen countries today signed a key protocol to a United Nations treaty promoting a more equitable sharing of the planet’s genetic resources and their benefits as the annual UN event aimed at encouraging States to sign, ratify or accede to various global pacts and accords k ...

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Consultation: ‘Conservation, biodiversity strategies vital to protect genetic resources’

National conservation and biodiversity strategies are vital in finding out ways and means to protect Pakistan’s indigenous wealth of genetic resources.

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Plant breeders force rethink of Thai seed law

[BANGKOK] Thailand has suspended a regulation intended to protect the country's plant varieties after angry opposition from plant breeders.

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Namibia: Traditional Authorities Welcome Benefit Sharing Bill

Windhoek — Namibian traditional authorities say the Draft Access and Benefit Sharing Bill is long overdue, as traditional communities have been exploited long enough.

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India to patent tribal medicinal knowledge

CHENNAI] India plans to scientifically validate and patent traditional knowledge of medicinal plants in the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, home to some of the world’s oldest tribes.

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Commercialising genes `may help conserve Mexican oasis`

Commercialising natural resources found in a protected region in Mexico could test the Nagoya treaty on biodiversity while helping to protect a unique gene pool.

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Mandate on TK, Genetic Resources, Cultural Expression to be Extended: WIPO

Members of the committee that negotiates genetic resources and related subjects at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have agreed to recommend the renewal of their mandate, which is set to expire this year.

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Gene pool offers way to save Mexican oasis

In the desert of northern Mexico, researchers are fighting to preserve an oasis of ancient life before it dries it up for good.

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