Environment Canada - Managing Genetic Resources in the 21st Century
Call for Comments
Federal, provincial and territorial governments are currently considering the development of domestic policy for access to genetic resources and sharing the benefits arising from their use, a concept generally referred to as access and benefit sharing (ABS). Policy being developed for ABS could also address access to and benefit sharing for traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources.
As part of developing ABS policy, governments are seeking views from Aboriginal peoples and key stakeholders in Canada. Environment Canada is interested in hearing how you think that Canada should best promote access to genetic resources in Canada and how the benefits arising from their use can best be shared fairly and equitably in a way that will contribute to socio-economic development and to the conservation and sustainable use of Canadian biodiversity.
You may recall having received a similar letter in May, 2009, seeking your views on options for ABS policy development in Canada. There were a number of individuals and groups who provided their views at that time, and the views gathered as part of that process were provided to a federal/provincial/territorial Task Group on ABS who have generated a discussion paper which could be used to provide guidance in the development of ABS policy in Canada.
Environment Canada now invites you and/or your representative(s) to provide your views on the discussion paper, Managing Genetic Resources in the 21st Century. Some things that you may wish to consider when providing your views are how you, your community, your business or your sector might be affected by this policy framework or by ABS more generally. If you are interested in finding out more about ABS, please visit: http://www.cbin.ec.gc.ca/apa-abs/default.cfm?lang=eng.
Your views on the discussion paper will be important considerations as governments in Canada continue to work together to address the challenges of access and benefit sharing of genetic resources. The views you provide will be provided to federal, provincial and territorial senior management in their consideration of ABS policy in Canada.
Please note that the deadline for receipt of comments is June 4, 2010. Read the discussion paper here.
For more information, contact:
Des Mahon (APA-ABS@ec.gc.ca)
Manager, Access and Benefit Sharing
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Priorities, Environmental Stewardship Branch
Strategic Priorities Directorate
Place Vincent Massey, 12th Floor
351 St. Joseph Blvd
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3