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Special Information Seminar on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture: Taking Stock for the Future
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Fourteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

13 and 15-19 April 2013 | FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy
Highlights for Friday, 19 April 2013
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CGRFA

CGRFA 14 adopted two important new documents, the Global Plan of Action on forest genetic resources, and the genebank standards for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, which are expected to provide valuable guidance for national action on genetic resource conservation and sustainable use. The meeting also held lengthy debates exploring the Commission’s role and place in an interconnected international policy environment on access and benefit-sharing, climate change and aquatic genetic resources. Through a series of mostly procedural decisions, the Commission will keep addressing these issues, aiming to provide targeted input to policy-makers as well as mainstream the importance of genetic resources for food and agriculture across relevant international processes.

Plenary met in the afternoon to adopt the report reflecting the meeting's deliberations and including its decisions. They agreed on sections related to the report on the State of the World's biodiversity for food and agriculture, targets and indicators, and climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture.

8:50 pm: CGRFA 14 reaches agreement on report sections on access and benefit-sharing, biodiversity and nutrition.

9:10 pm: CGRFA 14 adopts report section on forest genetic resources, including new Global Plan of Action.

9:30 pm: CGRFA 14 adopts report section on animal genetic resources.

10:00 pm: CGRFA 14 approves sections on aquatic genetic resources, micro-organisms and invertebrates.

10:15 pm: CGRFA 14 adopts items related to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, including genebank standards.

Chair Fraleigh gaveled the meeting to a close at 11:03 pm.

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Sphere Within Sphere by Pomodoro in the Cortile della Pigna, Vatican, Rome
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The dais during the afternoon session.
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CGRFA Chair Brad Fraleigh, Canada
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Rapporteur Tashi Yangzome Dorji, Bhutan
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Thomas Meier, Germany
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Dan Leskien, CGRFA Secretariat
Gemedo Dalle, Ethiopia
Yves Plante, Canada
Bert Visser, the Netherlands
Oliver Lewis, US
Pierre du Plessis, Namibia
Javad Mozafari Hashjin, Iran
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Clare Hamilton, UK
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Gustavo Infante, Argentina
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Related Links
FAO resources

*Special Information Seminar on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture programme

*CGRFA 14 website and documents

*CGRFA 14 provisional annotated agenda and time-table


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Special Information Seminar on Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities and CGRFA 13, 16 and 18-22 July 2011, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy

*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 the Information Seminar on Policy Arrangements for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and CGRFA 12, 19-23 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 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 coverage of ITPGR GB 1, 12-16 June 2006, Madrid, Spain

*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

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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