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Invitation: Bioprospecting/Biodiscovery Policy Development, 18 Feb (Auck)

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Panui from MEDs biodiscovery team,

including an invitation to an open forum

to be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Kia ora

You have received this panui because you are listed on MEDs biodiscovery and/or traditional knowledge databases. This is an occasional email panui distributed to provide updates on biodiscovery policy development. You are welcome to forward this to anyone you think might be interested, and if you would like to be removed from the database, please let us know by contacting [email protected].Biodiversityimage2

Invitation to an open forum with MFAT and the international ABS Co-Chairs

You are invited to an open forum in Auckland from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 18 February on the international Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will present on New Zealands approach to the next round of ABS negotiations to be held in Colombia on 22-28 March. It is hoped that the Co-Chairs of the international negotiations will also be available to attend and provide an update on the current state of play of the negotiations. (ABS is another phrase for biodiscovery or accessing biological resources for the purposes of research, innovation and knowledge building, and then the sharing of resulting benefits). Negotiations on an international set of rules on ABS are ongoing, with a view to being completed by October 2010. The open forum will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the ABS negotiations with members of New Zealands delegation to the negotiations and (hopefully) the Co-Chairs. For further information on the ABS negotiations and New Zealands approach to them, please see the attached document Access and Benefit Sharing Negotiations. As space is limited for the 18 February open forum, if you wish to attend please RSVP to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) at [email protected] by 12 February.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will also be hosting similar afternoon forums in Dunedin (23 February) and Wellington (25 February), though the Co-Chairs will not be in New Zealand for these meetings. Please RSVP attendance for these meetings to [email protected] by 17 February. Please check the MFAT website from mid February for further details of these meetings at: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Foreign-Relations/1-Global-Issues/Environment/7-Species-Conservation/geneticres.php

Progress with domestic biodiscovery (also known as bioprospecting) policy

At a meeting of the four bioprospecting working groups on 18 June last year, it was agreed that the focus of the four biopiracy1414groups should be reconfigured into one over-arching group to continue to facilitate discussion on the process for the development of a domestic biodiscovery policy. This group, the Biodiscovery Taumata, has already met twice (in October and December 2009), with another meeting scheduled for mid February 2010. The discussion at the meetings has been wide ranging, and has included preparation for a stocktake of biodiscovery activities in New Zealand, and biodiscovery in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi relationship. Notes from the October meeting of the Taumata are now available on the MED website at www.med.govt.nz/bioprospecting/taumata. (Notes from later meetings will be put up once approved as an accurate record by the taumata).

Finally, the biodiscovery website is currently in the process of being restructured to make it easier to find information. Please take a look over the next month or so. We are also working to build a more comprehensive contact database. Feel free to forward this message to others or to email contact details to [email protected]

Alice Hume and Kate Riddell

MED Biodiscovery Team ([email protected])

February 2010

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