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Twelfth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

17 & 19-23 October 2009 | UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters, Rome, Italy
 

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Highlights for Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Delegates to the twelfth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-12) continued to discuss issues relating to the multi-year programme of work (MYPOW), including on animal genetic resources for food and agriculture (AnGR) and the Funding Strategy for the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for AnGR, forest genetic resources (FGR), micro-organisms and invertebrates, aquatic genetic resources, and biotechnology. In an evening negotiating session, delegates continued discussing proposed text on the policies and arrangements for ABS for GRFA.

 

L-R: François Pythoud (Switzerland) consulting with Bert Visser (the Netherlands) during plenary night session.
 
L-R: The dais during the morning session was chaired by Grethe Evjen (Norway) with Alvaro Toledo and Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat.
 
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The ERG welcomed the decision to prepare the State of the World's FGR (SOW-FGR).

Karl-Anders Högberg, Sweden

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The US expressed support for the establishment of an Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on FGR.

Sezaneh Seymour, US
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Oudara Souvannavong, FAO, presented the document for forest genetic resources.
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Delegates from the Asia region in consultation to nominate representatives to the Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on Plant and Animal Genetic Resources.
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Joel Rudinas, Philippines, presented Asia's nominations to the Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on PGR and AnGR.
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GRULAC suggested that specific references to biotechnology not be included in the ITWG report.

Manuel Claros, Venezuela

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Norway questioned the value of maintaining the Panel of Experts on FGR if the ITWG-FGR was established.

Tore Skrøppa, Norway
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Delegate to the CGRFA-12 accessing information from the ENB portal.
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Jorge Csirke, Secretariat, highlighted the development of technical guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic genetic resources (AGR) and the preparation of the State of the World’s Aquatic Genetic Resources (SOW-AGR).

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Practical Action called for the involvement of small-scale fisher organizations in the preparation of the SOW-AGR.

Patrick Mulvany, Practical Action
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Andrea Sonnino, Secretariat, highlighted the preparation of a scoping paper on biotechnologies applied to the conservation and utilization of GRFA.

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FAO atrium, site of the CGRFA-12 exhibits.
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Participants browsing for CGRFA-12 related publications in the FAO atrium.
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Participants from Latin America with the city of Rome in the background.
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Massoud Jaralla Al Marri, Qatar
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Zesar Tapia, Ecuador
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Fumiko Yagihashi, Japan
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Delly Limbombe, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Related Links
FAO Resources
CRGFA-12 website
CRGFA-12 programme
Programme of the Special Information Seminar
Side Events

IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of Third Session of the Governing Body (GB 3) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia
IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB-2, 29 October - 2 November 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 3-7 September 2007, Interlaken, Switzerland
IISD RS summary and analysis of CGRFA-11, 11-15 June 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Special Event on “Emerging Issues in the Management of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Towards a Multi-Year Programme of Work,” 9 June 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS archive of CGRFA and ITPGR meetings
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