Consolidated ENGO Report on Implementation of Domestic and International Access and Benefit Sharing Policy
When: November-December 2010
Environment Canada invited the RCEN to coordinate the drafting of a consolidated environmental NGO (ENGO) report on the implementation of domestic and international Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) policy in Canada. To gather the views of members and civil society stakeholders, the RCEN coordinated a teleconference consultation and issued a request for written submissions from members. The resulting report includes:
- A summary of the results of the consultation
- ABS implementation recommendations based on current domestic policy and the outcomes of the ongoing international ABS negotiations within the Convention on Biological Diversity
- Researcher/Writer: Alexander Kenny, Center for International Sustainable Development Law, QC
- Editor: Larry McDermott, Plenty Canada, ON
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was negotiated with a view to mitigate biodiversity loss on a global scale.
The objectives of the Convention are biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of biological resources, and the equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. Within the framework of the Convention, Parties address various aspects of biodiversity. The CBD focuses its analyses and activities around ecosystems, and particularly forest, arid lands and marine ecosystems. Some of the main issues tackled by the CBD include the study of the Convention’s application; protected areas; biosecurity; exotic invasive species; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.
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