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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Special Information Seminar on Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities
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Thirteenth Session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13)

16 July 2011 and 18-22 July 2011 | FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Highlights for Tuesday, 19 July 2011

CGRFA 13 CGRFA 13 delegates continued to consider items related to the Commission's Multi-year Programme of Work (MYPOW), namely the cross-sectorial matter of policies and arrangements for access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for GRFA, and: cooperation with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA); progress in implementation of other CGRFA recommendations on PGRFA; and forest genetic resources.

View of Rome near FAO
A statue of Giuseppe Mazzini in Rome.
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Access and Benefit Sharing
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Dan Leskien (far right), CGRFA Secretariat
Asmerom Kidane (Eritrea)
Modesto Fernández (Cuba), speaking on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).
Lamis Chalak (Lebanon), speaking on behalf of the Near East Region.
Brad Fraleigh (Canada)
Elżbieta Martyniuk (Poland), speaking on behalf of the European Union.
Ali Al-Shurai (Yemen)
Liz Matos (Angola), speaking on behalf of the African Group.
Francois Pythoud (Switzerland)
Anke van den Hurk, International Seed Federation
Bounthong Bouahom (Laos)
Grethe Helene Evjen (Norway)
Tashi Yangzome Dorji (Bhutan)
Raj Patil (Australia)
Peter Tabor (United States of America)
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Erna Maria Lokollo (Indonesia)
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Michael Halewood, Bioversity International and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Cooperation with the ITPGRFA
Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto (Brazil)
Sharif Haron (Malaysia)
Zachary Muthamia (Kenya)
Alana Lomonaco Busto (Argentina)
Wieslaw Podyma (Poland), speaking on behalf of the European Union.
Cheikh Alassane Fall (Senegal), speaking on behalf of the African Group.
Ho Sun Lee (Republic of Korea)
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Patrick Mulvany, Practical Action
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Members of GRULAC in consultation.
Follow-up Activities for Other CGRFA12 Recommendations
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The view of the plenary.
Sanaa Abdulwahhab Abdulazeez (Iraq)
Kakoli Ghosh, FAO, briefing delegates on follow-up to recommendations made at the 12th CGRFA session.
M. Saboor Shirzad (Afghanistan)

Side Event on Agrobiodiversity, Climate Change and Food Security
Andy Jarvis, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture, provided an overview of a partnership between CGIAR and the Earth System Science Partnership, which aims to combine climate and agricultural sciences towards improved environmental health, rural livelihoods, and food security.
Ahmed Amri, International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, illustrated a methodology for using ex situ collections to select climate change-related adaptive traits.
Emile Frison, Bioversity International, emphasized that both species and genetic agrobiodiversity will play an increasingly key role in adaptation to and mitigation of progressive climate change.

Around the Meeting
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Delegates from Africa and Asia preparing for the meeting to begin.
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Picking up conference papers at the documentation centre.
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Delegates conferring in a huddle.
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Waiting for the meeting to resume.
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Enjoying a complimentary lunch outside of a side event.
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Abdul Raziq Kakar, Society of Animal, Veterinarian and Environmental Scientists
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Related Links
CGRFA 13 resources
*Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Website
*CGRFA 13 meeting website
*Provisional annotated agenda and time-table
*Programme of the Special Information Seminar

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Session of the Governing Body (GB 4) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), 14-18 March, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of CGRFA 12, 19-23 October 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Special Information Seminar - “Policies and Arrangements for Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture,” 17 October 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 3, 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia

*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 2, 29 October - 2 November 2007, UN Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 1, 12-16 June 2006, Madrid, Spain
*IISD RS coverage of the First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 3-7 September 2007, Interlaken, Switzerland
*IISD RS coverage of CGRFA 11, 11-15 June 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of meetings on Commission on Genetic Resources (CGRFA) and ITPGRFA
*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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