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An End to Biopiracy? A Journalist’s Guide to Biodiversity Access and Benefit-Sharing
February 24 @ 12:00 am - 2:00 pm GMT
|There’s a multi-billion-dollar yearly trade in medicines, foodstuffs and industrial products derived from plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. But many such products have been commercialised without any of the profits returning to the countries and communities whose biodiversity and traditional knowledge made the innovation possible. And in some cases, biological resources have been accessed illegally.
That’s why, in 2010, parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) reached a new agreement — called the Nagoya Protocol — to ensure legal access and guarantee that any benefits arising from the use of genetic resources are shared fairly and equitably. But what exactly is “access and benefit-sharing?” What are countries doing to meet their CBD commitments and ensure that companies meet their legal obligations? Are benefits flowing where they should? This webinar for journalists will explain the complexities of this agreement and explore how it serves as a rich source of untold stories.
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MODERATOR: Mike Shanahan, Project Coordinator, Internews.
Alejandro Lago, Project Manager, UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project.
Alejandro Lago is the Project Manager of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project that promotes the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in 24 countries. He has more than 15 years of extensive experience as environmental legal and technical advisor to governmental and non-governmental agencies, research institutions and private sector. Alejandro was directly involved in the negotiation of the Nagoya Protocol and since its adoption has been actively supporting its implementation at the national, regional and international levels, supporting different projects in several countries around the world. Alejandro holds a PhD in Environmental Law and has several publications in environmental law and policy.
Krystyna Swiderska, Principal Researcher, Institute for Environment and Development.
Krystyna Swiderska is a Principal Researcher in the Natural Resources Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She leads IIED’s work on traditional knowledge, genetic resources and biocultural heritage, and works closely with Indigenous organisations and communities in Peru, Kenya, India and China. She has worked on ‘Access and Benefit-Sharing’ (ABS) issues for 23 years, conducting a number of action-research projects, with a particular focus on protecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights, territories and knowledge systems, recognising customary laws, and informing the Biodiversity Convention.