Negotiations on an International Regime for Access to, and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources (Bio Prospecting): The role of Indigenous and Local Communities and traditional knowledge associated with Genetic Resources.
Invitation to an open forum with the international ABS co-Chairs
An electronic invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is attached, inviting you to an open forum on Tuesday 8 September 2009 with the co-Chairs of the international Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). ABS is another phrase for ‘bioprospecting’, or accessing biological resources for the purposes of research, innovation and knowledge building, and then the sharing of resulting benefits.
Negotiations for an international ABS regime are ongoing, with a view to a completed legally binding regime by 2010. The 8 September open forum provides you with an opportunity to discuss the ABS negotiations with the co-Chairs. If you are interested ion attending please contact Salati Liuvaie at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington. Her details are as follows.
- Date/Time: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 10.00am – 5.00pm
- Venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 12th Floor.
- Notes: The guest speakers will be the Co-Chairs of the United Nations ABS Working Group, Tim Hodges of Canada and Fernando Casas of Colombia.
- There is a great website on Māori Bioprotection – click here to check it out.
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