Accessing genetic resources and sharing the benefits: Lessons from implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity

29–31 October 2003

Agenda

Wednesday, 29 October

08:00-09:00 Registration
Plenary Session: Setting the Stage
moderator: Patrick McGuire (UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program)
09:00-09:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Lowell S. “Tu” Jarvis (Divisional Associate Dean for Human Sciences, UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
09:10-09:15 Review of Objectives and Agenda
Santiago Carrizosa (UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program)
09:15-09:45 Ethical Bioprospecting in a Changing World
Joshua Rosenthal (Fogarty International Center, NIH, USA)
09:45-10:15 Fear, Confusion, and Success
Leif Christoffersen (Diversa Corporation)
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 New Developments on ABS: The Bonn Guidelines
Jorge Cabrera (University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica)
11:00-11:30 ABS, the CBD and the FAO IT: Challenges to the National Policy-Maker
Susan Bragdon
(International Plant Genetic Resources Institute-IPGRI)
11:30-12:00 Farmers’ Rights and Benefit Sharing
Stephen Brush (University of California, Davis)
12:00-12:30 TRIPs, the CBD, and the FAO IT: The IPR Perspective
Brian Wright (University of California, Berkeley)
12:30-13:00 Questions and Discussion
   
13:00-14:00 Lunch
   
Plenary Session: Comparative Analysis and Country Updates
moderator: Brian Wright (University of California, Berkeley)
14:00-14:30 Comparative Analysis of Access Laws and Policies of Pacific Rim Countries
Santiago Carrizosa
(UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program)
14:30-15:00 Genetic Resources Access and Sustainable Use: Policy of Colombia
Fernando Casas
(Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, Colombia)
15:00-15:30 Access and Benefit-Sharing Policies in the US: The Yellowstone National Park Experience
Preston Scott (World Foundation for Environment and Development, USA)
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30  The Wildlife Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations: Changes in Access Regulations in the Philippines
Paz Benavidez (Committee on Ecology, House of Representatives, Republic of the Philippines)
16:30-17:00 Access and Benefit-Sharing Policies: Malaysian Update
Mohamad bin Osman
(Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
17:00-17:45 Questions and Discussion

Thursday, 30 October

Plenary Session: International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing
moderator: Sally Petherbridge (Environment Australia, Australia)
09:00-09:30 The Making of a Global ABS Regime: Objectives, Options, and Outlook
Tomme Young
(Environmental Law Center–The World Conservation Union)
09:30-10:00 Negotiating a Regime or Securing Compliance with International Obligations: A Review of Options for Promoting Equitable ABS Governance
Brendan Tobin (United Nations University, Japan)
Breakout Session I: International Regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing: Identification of the Issues
moderator: Santiago Carrizosa (UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program)
10:00-11:30

Four groups will be formed, each to address all of the following questions:

  • What should be the objectives and essential elements of current international ABS governance?
  • What gaps exist in present international ABS governance?
  • What would be the objectives and essential elements of an international regime on ABS?
11:30-12:00 Break/Breakout group report preparation
12:00-13:00 Plenary session reconvenes to receive and discuss breakout group results.
   
13:00-14:00 Lunch
   
Breakout Session II: International Regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing: Recommendations for the International Community
moderator: Jorge Cabrera (University of Costa Rica)
14:00-15:30

Breakout groups reconvened, each to address all of the following questions:

  • What are the modalities for achieving an international regime (e.g., protocol, convention, hard law, soft law, policy measures, regional measures, arbitration mechanisms, voluntary schemes, etc.)?
  • What measures might be taken by the international community in the short/medium/long term to enhance effective international ABS governance?
15:30-16:00 Break/Breakout group report preparation
16:00-17.00 Plenary session reconvened to receive and discuss breakout group results.

Friday, 31 October

Plenary Session: Capacity Building Needs for an International Regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing
moderator: Stephen Brush (University of California, Davis)
09:00-10:30

Discussion:

  • Certificate of origin, Disclosure of origin.
  • Technology transfer
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-13:00 Discussion continued.
   
13:00-14:00 Lunch
   
Plenary Session: Conclusions and Future Steps for Action
moderator: Santiago Carrizosa (UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program)
14:00-14:30

Discussion:

  • Technology transfer (continued)
  • Complementarity of ABS regime to other international protocols (TRIPs, WSSD, etc.).
14:30-15:00

Next steps for workshop recommendations and conclusions:

  • Comprise chapter in book (Accessing Biodiversity and Sharing the Benefits: Lessons from Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity)?
  • Presentations at pending international, national, or regional meetings?
  • Website posting?
15:00-15:30 Discussion of future collaboration opportunities.
15:30 Workshop adjourned

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