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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 Wednesday, 20 July 2011

CGRFA 13 CGRFA 13 delegates heard a report on progress in the contact group on the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) in the morning, and addressed animal genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing; biodiversity of micro-organisms and invertebrates for food and agriculture; targets and indicators; aquatic genetic resources; human and financial resources for multi-year programme of work (MYPOW) implementation; and MYPOW review. The contact group on the updated GPA for PGRFA met during the afternoon and in the evening.

The Circo Massimo in Rome.
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Report of the Contact Group
Francois Pythoud (Switzerland)
Brad Fraleigh (Canada) presenting the report of the contact group on the updated Global Plan of Action.
Modesto Fernández (Cuba), speaking on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).
Animal Genetic Resources
Irene Hoffmann, FAO
Solita R. Sicat (Philippines), speaking on behalf of the Asia Group.
Ali Al-Shurai (Yemen)
Erdenejargal Tumurbaatar (Mongolia)
Thomas Meier (Germany)
Mohamed Lemine Ould Haki (Mauritania)
Harvey Blackburn (United States of America)
Yves Plante (Canada)
M'Naouer Djemali (Tunisia)
Xie Shuang Hong (China)
Abdul Raziq Kakar (Pakistan), Society of Animal, Veterinarian and Environmental Scientists (SAVES) and the LIFE Network
Cleopas Okore (Kenya)
Mohammed D. Magaji (Nigeria)

Contact Group on the Updated Global Plan of Action
Cosima Hufler (Austria), speaking on behalf of the European Regional Group.
Brad Fraleigh (centre), Contact Group Co-chair, with representatives of the CGRFA Secretariat.
Hisato Okuizumi (Japan), speaking on behalf of the Asian Group.
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The view of the Contact Group.

Side Event on Biocultural Community Protocols and the Ark of Livestock Biodiversity
Paul Boettcher, FAO, introduced the linkages between the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, the Nagoya Protocol, and the Convention on Biological Diversity, noting that a common element is recognition of the traditional knowledge and cultural expressions of livestock keepers.
Hanwant Singh Rathore (India), Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan (LPPS), illustrated the many opportunities for developing natural products of indigenous camel breeds in Rajasthan into marketable items such as dung paper, wool shawls, ice cream, and soap.
Jacob Wanyama (Kenya), Africa LIFE Network, noted that despite growing international interest in the conservation of animal genetic resources, there is little recognition of the role of livestock keepers as custodians of indigenous livestock breeds at the national and local levels.
Ilse Köhler-Rollefson (Germany), League for Pastoral Peoples (LPP), emphasized that biocultural community protocols can help establish community ownership over traditional breeds and associated grazing areas, as well as clarify to policy makers the direct linkages between animal genetic resources and local socio-cultural contexts.
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Examples of products made from the dung and wool of local camel breeds from Rajasthan, India.
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L-R: Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, LPP, Hanwant Singh Rathore, LPPS, Jacob Wanyama, Africa LIFE Network, and Abdul Raziq Kakar, SAVES

Around the Meeting
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Waiting for the meeting to begin.
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Javad Mozafari Hashjin (centre), CGRFA Chairperson, and Dan Leskien (right), CGRFA Secretariat, in discussions with representatives from Canada.
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Debating outstanding issues in the corridors.
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Informal discussions outside the meeting room.
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Poring over the ENB daily.
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Sharing a laugh about the photos on the ENB webpage.
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A painting outside of the Iran Room at FAO.
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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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