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Namibia: Need for Benefit Sharing On Genetic Resources - Shifeta

Indigenous products extracted from tissues of naturally terrestrial plants or micro-organisms were worth around N$100 million in 2005 with current estimates in medium term growth of approximately N$400 million per annum.

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Business adds value to indigenous medicine

For thousands of years, the San and Khoi indigenous people of what is now South Africa have used a plant known as buchu that is native to the western part of the country.

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‘Two rice varieties first domesticated in India’

VARANASI: Amidst raging controversy whether rice originated in India or China, data generated by a DNA chip developed for fingerprinting of rice by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientists has indicated that the two most important groups of cultivated rice varieties were first d ...

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Nagoya Protocol: plant hunters need to step up to this new challenge

New legislation on collecting plants from the wild should help us realise the value of biodiversity.

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Govt to lose Rs.10,000 cr royalty annually for non-compliance to notified ABS guidelines

Even as the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Guidelines prepared by National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) have royalty slabs for domestic and foreign companies towards sustainable use of bio- resource and has been notified on November 21, 2014, an official associated with the development says th ...

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Ecuador's ratification of the Nagoya Protocol presented to Parliamentarian and other stakeholders

The implications of the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol for trade, development and intellectual property was discussed with Ecuadorian parliamentarians, government officials and other users and providers of biological resources and related traditional knowledge.

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Peru's maca boom could fall flat if China starts growing its own

The high plain stretches as far as the eye can see and the glint of sun on water in the distance marks Lake Junin. This highland lagoon, which gives this region its name, marks the place of origin for maca; a small, pungent root whose famed aphrodisiac quality has driven demand beyond the wildes ...

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Marine Resources in High Seas Should be Shared Equitably

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - After almost 10 years of often frustrating negotiations, the U.N. ad hoc committee on BBNJ decided, by consensus, to set in motion a process that will result in work commencing on a legally binding international instrument on the conservation and sustainable u ...

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Treading a fine line between trade and conservation to fight biopiracy

How can species-rich nations protect their natural wealth and local knowledge when commercial companies come knocking for biological resources to develop crops, cures and cosmetics? A global treaty may have the answer.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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