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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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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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