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Lessons from the Pacific
Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the fair equitable Sharing Benefits Arising from their Utilization
International Treaty Launches New Call for Proposals
The fifth round of the Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF) will disburse over USD 7 million to projects that benefit small-scale farmers in developing countries.
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The Evolution of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Jurisprudence in India (Emerging Trends, Challenges and the Way Forward) (Jul 2022)
Etude sur le niveau de compréhension des groupes cibles sur les enjeux du Protocole de Nagoya (Jan 2015)
L’étude a pour objectif d'améliorer le niveau de compréhension des groupes cibles sur les enjeux du Protocole pour sa mise en œuvre effective au Burundi. Le contenu de cette étude est le résultat des animations auprès des groupes cibles d’identification de leur différents niveaux de compréhension sur les enjeux du Protocole de Nagoya et les indicateurs formulés serviront de référence pour l’évaluation des impacts de sensibilisation en 2018. De cette étude, il en ressort qu'il n'est n'est plus possible d’utiliser la richesse génétique d’un pays sans obtenir son consentement et lui offrir une contrepartie, financière ou en nature, définie d'un commun accord. Le Protocole, rappelant le droit souverain des Parties sur leurs ressources naturelles, exige chaque partie de prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires permettant d’assurer la sécurité juridique, la clarté et transparence (article 6.3.a) et prévoir des règles et des procédures justes et non arbitraires (article 6.3.b). Les consultations réalisées dans cette étude sur le niveau de compréhension des groupes cibles sur APA ont permis aux différentes parties prenantes de donner leurs points de vue sur les modalités existantes sur l’accès aux ressources génétiques et les connaissances traditionnelles y relatives, le partage des avantages qui en découlent, les contraintes et les propositions des actions pour la mise en œuvre du Protocole de Nagoya.
South Africa's Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit-Sharing Regulatory Framework-Guidelines for Providers, Users and Regulators (Jan 2012)
The guidelines endeavour to assist different stakeholders to understand the legal requirements and their rights in terms of the law. It is therefore imperative that these guidelines are consulted when planning to engage in commercial Bioprospecting activities in South Africa. The guidelines endeavour to provide guidance and training to users, providers and Regulator when engaging or dealing with issues of Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing in South Africa. Private people intending to utilise South Africa's indigenous genetic and biological resources and/ or associated traditional knowledge are encourage to consult this guideline.
Agriculture contributes to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, but it is also one of the main drivers of serious biodiversity loss we face today. Indeed, land clearing, monoculture and the use of synthetic products in the fields are the main causes. Farmers and agricultural producers are custodians of agricultural biodiversity and need to have the knowledge to manage and maintain it, hence the importance of synecoculture. Synecoculture is based on the augmentation of biodiversity, therefore the intensive introduction of plants by humans. It is a method of field cultivation based on the association of plants in function of their symbiotic interactions with soil, environment and other plants. This makes it possible to produce useful plants in a state of ecological optimum by making the best use of the characteristics of each plant by building and controlling the ecosystem. Synecoculture is done without plowing, without weeding, without fertilizers or pesticides. Synecological agriculture has been developed in Japan and is being introduced in Burkina Faso. It is in this dynamic that the African Center for Research and Training in Synecoculture (CARFS) was born of the joint initiative between AFIDRA and Sony Computer Sciences Laboratories, Inc., following the first African Forum on Synecoculture held on 19 to 21 October 2016 in Fada N'Gourma. Supported by the Goverment of Burkina Faso, Sony Computer Sciences Laboratories, Inc. of Japan and UniTwin UNESCO Complex Systems Digital Campus (CS-DC), CARFS is an international institution with new high-level training initiatives. Thanks to the technical and financial support of Sony Computer Sciences Laboratories, Inc. and CS-DC, AFIDRA through CARFS organized the 2nd African Forum on Syneculture from 24 to 26 May 2017 in Fada N'Gourma under the theme "Synecoculture: Achieving an agriculture that increases biodiversity". This underscores the importance of sustainable agriculture, not only to preserve biodiversity, but also to feed the world and realize sustainable agricultural livelihoods. The forum was held under the patronage of Mr. Jacob OUEDRAOGO, Minister of Agriculture and Hydraulic Development (MAAH) of Burkina Faso, and brought together experts from agroecology and rural development from several African countries to tackle the problematics and recognize the importance of the reconstruction of biodiversity in the semi-arid tropics. During three days, the experts of the synecoculture, Dr André TINDANO and Dr Masatoshi FUNABASHI and the ethnobotanist Prof. Patrice ZERBO, enriched the discussion with participants on the themes of the successful start-up strategy of a syecoculture farm, syneroculture in the world, and the enhancement of phyto-genetic resources in Africa. This forum was attended by 52 researchers, students and agricultural practitioners from 7 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. New research agreement around syecoculture and subscription to CARFS training courses were formed through the communication during the forum.