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Marine Genetic Resources

Current research on marine genetic resources relates to assessing the status and trends of biological prospecting in the world’s oceans and coastal areas, as well as examination of issues related to access and benefit-sharing.


Biological prospecting resource tool



In collaboration with UNESCO, a side event on marine genetic resources was organized at the United Nations Working Group to Study Issues Related to Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (30 May–3 June 2011). The side event took place on 3 June 2011. The event was chaired by the Ambassador of Mexico, H.E. Mr. Pablo Macedo Riba, and the Ambassador of New Zealand, H.E. Mr. Don MacKay. The event provided UN delegates information about the scientific, practical and legal aspects of marine genetic resources in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. The following presentations were made:


A TKI session on bioprospecting was organized at 8th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in October 2007. The session reviewed our current knowledge of bioprospecting activities in Pacific Island countries, and introduced tools and resources, such as the Pacific Bioprospecting Database, that can empower communities and governments in negotiating ABS agreements. The session provided time for examining national experiences in regards to ABS, and for developing ideas for future work, including strengthening national law and regional policy.

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