ABS in the Antarctic?

11 February 2009 | News story
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The Government of the Netherlands hosted an Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on Biological Prospecting in the Antarctic Treaty Area in Baarn, Netherlands on 3-5 February 2009.

The purpose of the meeting was to consider the issues raised by biological prospecting in the Antarctic Treaty Area.

In order to share experiences from other international fora, ELC Legal Officer Jane Bulmer was invited to give a presentation on the access and benefit sharing system under the Multilateral System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

The outcomes of the meeting will be an input into the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, due to be held in Baltimore in April 2009, with the aim of enabling a more informed, structured and focussed discussion on this important issue.


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