Access to genetic resources: one of the main issues in next Biodiversity COP

Photo: Thomas Muller / SPDA

The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) has begun mid-November. This COP is especially important because it will discuss the possibility and feasibility of giving a new look to the international regime of access to genetic resources (ABS), in light of new technological advances and new ways of conducting research and development (I+D) on this subject, especially in its informational dimension.

As part of this process, the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA), through Manuel Ruiz and in collaboration with researchers such as Joseph H. Vogel and Klaus Angerer, are preparing contributions to the construction of a new regime or international ABS system. In that sense, they have prepared what is possibly the first written proposal for the basic and constitutive elements of this new regime.

Likewise, the SPDA, in coordination with ICTSD of Switzerland, will organize a parallel event to analyze these elements and contribute to the political and technical debate that will be held on the subject in the following years.

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