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New ´fast track´ Access and Benefit-Sharing Agreement for Costa Rican microbes

The Leibniz Institute DSMZ German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH and the Costa Rican National Commission for Biodiversity Management (CONAGEBIO) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy recently signed a new “fast track” framework for access and benefit sharing (ABS) of Cos ...

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Ukraine - Verkhovna Rada ratifies Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources

Some 291 MPs voted in favor of a draft law on ratifying document No.0125, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

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New conservation law to promote fair sharing of genetic resources

Biodiversity conservation experts in Rwanda have welcomed the recently gazetted law on biological diversity and wildlife conservation, saying it will play a role in implementing the Nagoya Protocol.

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The Nagoya Protocol and the UK - are you compliant?

The Nagoya Protocol has been in force in the UK since October 2015 and obliges users of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources to comply with due diligence requirements before its ‘utilisation’.

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Indonesia vulnerable to biopiracy: Siregar

Indonesia is among the countries most vulnerable to biopiracy on account of its rich biodiversity, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Siregar has said.

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Brazil: Nagoya Protocol

The Nagoya Protocol is a global agreement, supplementary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which regulates the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with them among the user and provider countries (p ...

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Illicit centipede raises thorny question: Should journals have refused to publish a paper about it?

In 2018, a new species of centipede graced the pages of the prominent taxonomy journal Zootaxa. More than 14 centimeters long, with striking teal-colored legs, it lives in the montane and mossy forests of the Philippines. Now, however, the centipede is in a harsh spotlight. The Philippine govern ...

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Sharing pathogens but not the benefits during pandemics

Just over a year ago, Chinese scientists shared on a public database the first genetic sequence data (GSD) of the virus which causes the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The data was released on GenBank, a partnership of the US, Europe and Japan.

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Safeguard for our biological resources

AT long last Malaysia has brought into effect the much-awaited law to curb piracy of our biological resources and associated traditional knowledge.The 2017 Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Act – was brought into effect on Dec 18, 2020 after implementing regulations were approved.

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Biodiversity governance: A mix of knowledge and forest management for benefit sharing

Forests and their relationship with the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regime is complex: Forests are closely linked with biodiversity use and provide a myriad of valuable products for commercial as well as research purposes.

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Kenya to remember Nagoya Protocol

The stage has been set for talks on how the country can unlock its business potential for genetic resources as the world marks the tenth anniversary of the Nagoya Protocol.

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Bioresource access and benefit-sharing: How far have we come in India?

India became a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1994. The CBD is a multilateral treaty aimed at conserving biodiversity, its sustainable use and ensuring “fair and equitable sharing” of the benefits obtained through bioresources.

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BEST Workshop on National Biodiversity - Law Enforcement

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission, Ministry of the Environment and Housing, facilitated a Biodiversity - Law Enforcement Workshop in relation to the implementation of the project entitled: "Strengthening Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in Th ...

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Landmark deal to give Khoi and San benefit-sharing levy in Rooibos

The Rooibos industry and the Khoi-Khoi and San have signed an access and benefit-sharing (ABS) agreement which will see the Khoi-Khoi and San communities benefit from the commercialisation of the indigenous herbal tea.

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Ethical Trade In Natural Products Based On Traditional Knowledge

Following the 2010 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), countries have been implementing this international regime that ensures that the utilisation of biodive ...

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Corporate control of seeds hurts Africa

Africa’s agriculture, along with its millions of smallholder farmers, is up for sale — to the highest bidders. These bidders have taken over huge tracts of productive agricultural land, brought their own patented seeds, have control over the raw materials and are changing the game of food produc ...

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Patents on plants: Is the sellout of genes a threat to farmers and global food security?

The number of property claims on plants by companies is rising. This can have dramatic consequences for farmers around the globe, as a case in India shows.

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Indigenous Maize: Who Owns the Rights to Mexico’s ‘Wonder’ Plant?

A nitrogen-fixing maize grown in an indigenous region of Mexico has the ability to fertilize itself, recent research shows.

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Namibia makes strides towards sustainable use of genetic resources

WINDHOEK – Draft regulations to the Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Act of 2017 have been referred to the legal drafters for final input.

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Draft law to combat illegal export of genetic resources

CAIRO - 9 July 2019: The Energy and Environment Committee at the House of Representatives approved on Monday a draft law that sets a penalty ranging from LE50,000 to LE200,000 on those who collect genetic resources for exportation without a license.

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The business of biodiversity

On March 18, 2019, the Environment Ministry (MoEF) directed the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) to consider granting ex-post facto approval to user/accessor companies, institutes or individuals accessing Indian bio-resources or related knowledge for commercial utilisation or intellectual p ...

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Namibia: Schroeder On NP Compliance Committee

Kauna Schroeder, the principal project coordinator and the advisor to the environmental commissioner has been nominated to the compliance committee of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing on biodiversity.

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The Divya Pharmacy case: an important precedent on biological resource use

In a landmark judgment delivered in December 2018 in the Divya Pharmacy versus Union of India case, the Uttarakhand High Court held that all Indian companies which are extracting biological resources are liable to seek prior approval as well as share part of their revenue with the local communit ...

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Science with borders: A debate over genetic sequences and national rights threatens to inhibit research

There is something that is weighing heavily on the minds of some infectious diseases scientists these days. It’s not the challenging Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, though that is deeply concerning. It’s not a new flu virus or slashed research budgets or laboratory safety ...

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Access and Benefit Sharing of Bio resources in J&K The Unfinished Agenda

Biological diversity is the result of billions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and increasingly by the influence of humans and forms the web of life of which humankind is an integral and dependent part.

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Forests with benefits: Why companies must pay forest communities for wild resources

Uttarakhand High Court dismissed a case filed by Baba Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy that pleaded against sharing revenues from indigenous biological resources with local communities.

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FEATURE-Battling 'biopiracy', scientists catalog the Amazon's genetic wealth

In a bid to stop "biopiracy", researchers are building a giant database to catalog genetic material from the world's largest rainforest. From the rubber in car tires, to cosmetics and medicines, genetic material contained in the Amazon region has contributed to discoveries worth billions of dollars.

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Gene drives could end malaria. And they just escaped a UN ban.

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s biannual meeting in November did not make a lot of headlines. Big meetings of the parties to relatively obscure international treaties rarely do

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