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Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended
Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing of
the Convention on Biological Diversity

2 - 8 April 2009 | Paris, France

Highlights for Monday, 6 April 2009

Delegates to the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in brief morning and afternoon plenary sessions to hear reports from the contact groups. Contact groups on objective and scope of the regime, and on compliance met throughout the day and into the late evening. 


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Morning Plenary

Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and Timothy Hodges (Canada), ABS Working Group Co-Chair
 

Soumayila Bancé, Burkina Faso
Contact Group Co-Chairs Birthe Ivars (Norway) and David Hafashimana (Uganda)

Damaso Luna, Mexico
Girma Balcha, Ethiopia

 
Timothy Hodges (Canada), ABS Working Group Co-Chair and René Lefeber (Netherlands) Contact Group Co-Chair


Contact Group on on Compliance

 

Sem Shikongo, Namibia
Anne Daniel, Canada

Mariana Alvarez Rodriguez, Argentina
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil

Contact Group on the Objective and Scope

Contact Group Co-Chairs Birthe Ivars (Norway) and David Hafashimana (Uganda)
 

African Group during informal consultations.
Jose Luis Sutera, Argentina

Grethe Evjen and Tone Solhaug, Norway
 

Cosima Hufler, Austria
Gustavo de Britto, Brazil

 

GRULAC delegates during informal discussions.
Ana Francisca Perez, Guatemala and Esther Camac, IIFB

 
Side Event: Benefit Sharing Under ABS, Options and Elaborations
 

 
The event elaborated on principles and issues relevant to ''benefit sharing'' within ABS. By focusing on a typical bioprospecting scheme from Access to End-Product, discussions centered on various scenarios that can be anticipated in the process and the need for a proportional, efficient and equitable approach to devise appropriate benefits.

Balakrishna Pisupati, UNEP
Suneetha Subramanian, UNU-IAS

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Side Event: Indigenous Peoples, ABS and Customary Law
 

Lucy Mulenkei, Indigenous Information Network and Mathambo Ngakaeaja, Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa
 

 

Around the Conference Center

Elsa Tsioumani, ENB Teamleader, Greece
Harry Jonas, ENB Writer, UK

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IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Sixth meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS 6)
21-25 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the Fifth meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS 5)
8-12 October 2007, Montreal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the CBD COP 9, 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
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