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#114898
2017-10-19

First cosmetic ingredients supplier to fulfil Nagoya Protocol on sustainability

Provital Group, a cosmetics ingredients player, has become the ‘first in the industry’ to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol for a specific R&D project.

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#114102
2017-08-15

Time-consuming consultations reason abs bill tabled late

Tabling of the Access to Biological Resources and Benefits Sharing Bill in the Parliament was delayed due to the time-consuming consultation process between the federal and state governments, the Dewan Negara was told today.

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#114030
2017-08-09

S. Korea 98th Nation to Effectuate Nagoya Protocol

The Nagoya Protocol, a global agreement on the use of genetic resources that go into food, medicine and cosmetics, will take effect in South Korea from August 17th.

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#114001
2017-08-07

Finally, a law to curb biopiracy

LAST week the Dewan Rakyat passed a bill to curb "biopiracy". This is the stealing of the biological resources of a country without its consent.

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#113989
2017-08-04

A FIRST: NEW WEBSITE REVEALS ORIGIN OF GENETIC SAMPLES AND DATE COLLECTED

For the first time, a new public database will link genetic data with records of where and when the samples it was taken from were collected, making it easier for researchers to share and reuse genetic data for environmental and ecological analyses. The resource, called the Genomic Observatories ...

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#113610
2017-07-05

Nagoya Protocol forum to open in Seoul

INCHEON -- The members of the Conference of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol will meet for a forum in Seoul later this week about one month ahead of its implementation to protect biological resources, a state-run research organ here said Tuesday.

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#113357
2017-06-19

Use Nagoya Protocol ratification to help preserve our ecosystems

Earth’s bountiful ecosystems offer human society a diversity of riches. The preciousness of biodiversity should be recognized once again on the occasion of Japan’s ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.

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#113172
2017-06-06

Draft Amendment to the Thai Patent Act

The draft amendment to the Patent Act (the Draft) was released last week. The Draft was prepared by the Secretary of the Law Reform Commission on Patent and reviewed by the Commission subcommittee but has not yet been finalized. This alert provides a broad overview of some significant changes co ...

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#112942
2017-05-19

Japan to ratify Nagoya protocol on genetic resources use

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government decided Friday to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and sharing of benefits arising from them, taking the step more than two years after the international agreement came into effect.

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#112849
2017-05-12

Namibia: NA Passes Bill On Use of Genetic Resources

The recent passing of the Access and Benefit Sharing and Associated Traditional Knowledge Bill, which seeks to regulate the use of genetic resources and related traditional knowledge in Namibia, is a step towards the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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#112317
2017-03-23

Access and Benefit-sharing policies to be implemented in Viet Nam

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 23rd March 2017—Just under 60 representatives from government agencies, research centres, businesses, and NGOs gathered in Hanoi to discuss polices that facilitate the fair and equitable sharing of benefits for people who earn income from the cultivation or collection of medicin ...

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#111457
2016-12-15

Group Finds Discrepancies In Implementation Of Nagoya Protocol Between EU, Providers

A new report by two civil society groups explores what they say are discrepancies between European Union and provider country laws implementing the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources, which they say could lead to legal uncertainties for users and providers.

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#111441
2016-12-14

How Thailand can fight bio-piracy

Biological resources owned by developing countries have been explored and exploited by researchers and companies from developed countries which are equipped with cutting-edge biotechnology (hereinafter...

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#110950
2016-11-18

Rise of digital DNA raises biopiracy fears

It’s possible to forget that genes grow on trees. Chinese wormwood, for instance, holds genes for enzymes needed to assemble the malaria-killing compound artemisinin. But increasingly, the world’s genes also exist as information—free-floating sequences in public databases, no harvest required. T ...

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#110899
2016-11-16

Soon, benefit sharing must for using Madhya Pradesh’s bio-resources: Official

Companies or individuals using Madhya Pradesh’s bio-resources like medicinal plants and genetic material will soon have to share benefit with the state, a top official said here on Tuesday.

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#110128
2016-09-22

Brief: Nagoya Protocol Gains Members, Implications Spread Ripples

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announced early this month that five new countries ratified its protocol on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, bringing membership to 85 countries.

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#109800
2016-09-02

WHO Experts Seek To Have Its Flu Framework Recognised Under Nagoya Protocol

Will an international instrument protecting genetic resources get in the way of the world’s preparedness to fend off the next influenza pandemic?

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#109784
2016-09-01

Access And Benefit Sharing Mentioned In US Patent For Natural Dye, Might Be A First

A recent patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to a Colombian company stated where the genetic resource of the invention was taken from and described the access and benefit-sharing agreement made with indigenous communities. This might be the first time that such a stat ...

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#107459
2016-03-02

Illegally collected Himalayan plant seeds sold in UK

Seeds of exotic plants illegally collected in the Himalayas are being sold in the UK, the BBC has found.

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#107190
2016-02-11

French institute agrees to share patent benefits after biopiracy accusations

Accusations of biopiracy have led a French government institute to pledge that it will share any proceeds from a potential new malaria drug with local authorities in French Guiana

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#107122
2016-02-05

The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Germany

On 12 October 2014, 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 (“Nagoya Protocol”) entered into force.

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#106970
2016-01-25

Bio-piracy on the increase

Zimbabwe is endowed with a rich diversity of life form, and the biodiversity of the country provides ecosystem services such as food, medicine, energy sources, building and craft materials as well as spiritual, cultural and aesthetic services.

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#106325
2015-11-30

Kenya: 11 African Countries to Share Plant Genes

Kenya and Uganda are among 11 African countries that are using and sharing plant genetic diversity to adapt to climate change, ensure food security and alleviate poverty.

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#106253
2015-11-25

Impact of the Nagoya Protocol for BioTrade business and practitioners

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 is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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#106222
2015-11-24

Africa: Seeds Without Borders - Using and Sharing Plant Genetic Diversity to Adapt to Climate Change in Africa

11 African countries gathered last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to implement seed sharing and use for climate change adaptation, food security and poverty alleviation.

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#106082
2015-11-12

UN grants $12.5m to bolster biodiversity in Vietnam

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has passed a project that ensures equitable sharing of benefits from genetic resources and targets conservation work and sustainable use of biodiversity in Viet Nam.

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#105772
2015-10-22

India allows UK researcher to study medicinal knowledge of ethnic group in Gujarat

NEW DELHI: Opening up traditional knowledge of an ethnic group for research under an international protocol, India has granted access to ethno-medicinal knowledge of the Siddi community from Gujarat to a researcher of the University of Kent, United Kingdom.

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#105511
2015-10-01

Cuba Signs Nagoya Protocol

Havana, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba became the Member State number 66 of 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, according to reports in this capital today.

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#105498
2015-09-30

Resource exploitation

TRADITIONAL resource owners should also take the blame for the exploitation of their natural resources, says Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment Samuela Namosimalua.

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#105025
2015-08-28

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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#104811
2015-08-10

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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#104464
2015-07-02

‘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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#104259
2015-06-12

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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#104229
2015-06-10

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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#103018
2015-03-04

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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#102694
2015-02-09

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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#102563
2015-01-30

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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#102451
2015-01-20

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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#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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