ABS & ITPGRFA

Mutually supportive implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Objective

To exchange knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned on developing, implementing and operating under national ABS regimes that allow coordination and supportiveness between the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).

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Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT). The work of CIAT’s Agrobiodiversity Research Area.

Content

In this Theme, we will discuss and analyze the overlaps and grey areas between the Nagoya Protocol and the ITPGRFA. The discussions seek to engage individuals who are in charge of, or exposed to the implementation of both conventions. Policy makers, ministry officers, legal advisers and practitioners, and plant researchers working in private and public organizations are the target users of this Theme.
In particular, the Theme will focus on:

  1. Analyzing, proposing and testing options for developing laws, regulations and administrative procedures that take into consideration the overlaps between the Nagoya Protocol and the ITPGRFA.
  2. Facilitating collaboration among different agencies in charge of implementing each convention at the national level.
  3. Providing advice and guidance to plant researchers and breeders working in public and private organizations who seek to obtain access to plant genetic resources for their regular work and face uncertainties about what regime applies to such access.
  4. Increasing capacities of legal advisers and practitioners working in public agencies and private companies, for them to work comfortably under the ABS systems inspired by both the Nagoya Protocol and the ITPGRFA.
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Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT). The work of CIAT’s Agrobiodiversity Research Area.

Topics Covered

  • The Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing of the ITPGRFA: Scope and how it operates
  • The Standard Material Transfer Agreement adopted under the framework of the ITPGRFA
  • ABS along the crop research and development continuum (from collecting plant germplasm from in situ conditions, depositing and conserving plant germplasm in genebanks, phenotypic and genotypic characterization to pre-breeding, breeding, testing and evaluation, variety release and commercialization).
  • Due diligence in national and international genebanks of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
  • Collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment for mutually supportive implementation
  • Crop adaptation to climate change and ABS

 

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