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Belarus to launch UNDP/GEF project to implement Nagoya Protocol

The international technical assistance project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol” will be implemented in Belarus, Alexander Korbut, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus during ...

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A primer in access and benefit-sharing for DNA barcoders

Molecular biology approaches, such as DNA barcoding, have become part of the standard toolkit for a growing number of biodiversity researchers and practitioners, with an increasing scope of applications in important areas, such as environmental assessment, food inspection, disease control and pu ...

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Managing genetic biodiversity in the Pacific

Island communities in the Pacific region depend on biodiversity for their livelihoods and well-being.Biodiversity is a valuable resource. The world benefits from biodiversity and associated local traditional knowledge, so when these are exploited by parties with large financial resources – for e ...

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Valuing and protecting biodiversity in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a biodiversity hotspot. It has over 11,000 plant species, about 72 of which are found only in this region. Its diverse animal species include many exotic fish and birds. The world benefits from this biodiversity, so when these species are exploited for commercial use – for examp ...

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IUCN and UN Environment launch promotional videos on the Nagoya Protocol in Saint Lucia

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) are increasing efforts to help Caribbean countries boost fair access to their genetic resources and equitable sharing of benefits derived.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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