Monday, 22 March 2010
AN INTERNATIONAL REGIME ON ABS: ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS WITH REGARD TO SCOPE
THE FRIDTJOF NANSEN INSTITUTE
The functionality and strength of an international regime on ABS depends to a great extent on its scope. Whether the parties will agree to a broad and inclusive scope depends on how the different sub-sectors of genetic resources will be dealt with in an international regime and what genetic resources as such it will comprise: • The definition of ‘genetic resources’ was drafted in another technological reality than the one ABS is facing today. What does the wording of this definition mean, what was once meant, which challenges does this entail for a functional ABS system, and how can an international regime contribute to solve some of these challenges? • What implications do other international agreements have for the scope of an international ABS regime in view of the specific features and management needs of sub-categories of genetic resources? And what are the prospects for a sectoral approach to these sub-categories under the international regime? In this side event, researchers from the ABS project of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, presented findings from two studies in which these questions have been analyzed.
ACCESS AND BENEFIT-SHARING FOR GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
The Chair and other Members of the Bureau of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture presented the Commission's work on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources for food and agriculture, including the FAO Conference Resolution 18/2009.
ABS AND THE NEW CBD STRATEGIC PLAN
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) AND UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY (UNU)
Access to genetic resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) is one of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) along with conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Thus implementation of ABS provisions within the Convention need as much attention as the other objectives. Considering the ongoing discussions to develop a new Strategic Plan for the Convention for the period beyond 2010, it is important that Parties to CBD provide enough attention to ensuring issues of ABS are appropriately reflected within the new Strategic Plan including in designing appropriate global and/or sub-regional targets and commensurate indicators to assess progress of implementation of ABS issues. UNEP in collaboration with UNU organised a two day informal expert group meeting to come up with new targets on ABS for the future global biodiversity targets as a part of the CBD strategic plan besides suggesting a range of indicators for assessing implementation. This event will discuss the outcomes of this meeting besides providing some options for ensuring ABS is not side-stepped within the discussions of Working Group on Review and Implementation (WGRI 3) and COP 10. For more details contact: Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, UNEP-DELC.