in 1996, the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia aims
to help countries in the region effectively implement the
provisions of Convention on Biological Diversity(CBD) in addition
to supporting national and regional initiatives on securing
community and household livelihood securities.
The Programme is one of the significant regional initiatives
working across 18 countries in Asia through a partnership
approach to help build capacity and decision making at various
Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia is currently implementing
projects in about 12 countries in Asia on a range of issues
concerning conservation and
development with a commitment to work in partnership to
build capacity in the region. The programme is aiming for
both strategic and sustainable presence in the region.
programme's strategy for 2002-2005 emphasises the fact that
creating an enabling environment is the prelude to successful
development as well as implementation of policies and programmes.
the programme is strengthening its funding base, human resources
and strategic linkages with other regions and internationally.
Balakrishna Pisupati Ph.D.
COMMENDS IUCN FOR ITS EFFORTS TO SAFEGUARD BIODIVERSITY IN
13, 2004 The
IUCN Reginal Biodiversity Programme – Asia was established
in 1996 to help implement the Convention on Biological Diversity
in Asia. Since then the Programme has been actively supporting
activities in about 14 countries in Asia with a range of partners
and members. In recognition of these services, the 14th Annual
Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and
Biodiversity (AWGNCB) expressed its appreciation to IUCN for
the Union 's activities in the Southeast Asian region. The meeting
highlighted in particular activities related to biosafety; access
to biological and genetic resources and benefit-sharing thereof
as well as the Global Biodiversity Forum for Southeast Asia
. The participants agreed to further collaboration and explore
potential partnerships with the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme
in Asia . The AWGNCB is the highest body in ASEAN focusing on
conservation of biodiversity, reporting to the Ministers of
Environment in the Association's mem ber countries.
biotechnology relevant to development? Will the adoption of
biotechnology 2000 enhance rural livelihoods in Asia ? Are there
possibilities for regional cooperation to harness the technology
for development in Asia ? These are some of the questions that
were raised and answered at the “Second Asian Conference
on Biotechnology and Development: Regional cooperation for Access
and Capacity Building” organised by Research and Information
Systems for the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries in
association with IUCN-Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia,
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and supported by UNESCO
and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
than 70 participants from Asia and other parts of the world
discussed issues of relevance of biotechnology to food security,
IPRs, furthering implementation of Cartagena Protocol, options
for public-private sector partnerships besides identifying options
for regional cooperation.
of the outcomes of the conference is the agreement on establishment
of a ‘Regional Cooperation Network on Biotechnology and
Development' to be led by IUCN-Regional Biodiversity Programme-Asia
further details: www.biodiversityasia.org
AND UNDP LAUNCH JOINT PUBLICATION ON BIODIVERSITY AND MILLENNIUM
can biodiversity help eradicate poverty, reduce child mortality
and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases? Some answers
to these questions may well be found in the joint IUCN-UNDP
publication Biodiversity and the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) released yesterday at the 7th Meeting of the Conference
of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. IUCN Director General Achim Steiner,
together with Alvaro Umana of UNDP, released the first copies
of the book to community representatives at the CBD. "The publication
marks an important milestone in our understanding of the need
to mainstream biodiversity into the MDGs and the contribution
that biodiversity makes to poverty reduction," said Balakrisna
Pisupati, Head of the IUCN's Asia Regional Biodiversity Programme,
who co-authored the publication with the Emilie Warner of the
IUCN Regional Programme for Asia. "It also reflects the need
to create synergies between conservation and development at
all levels," added Pisupati. For more details and a copy of
Outcomes of trade and IPR discussions significantly impact issues
of access and benefit sharing as well as biosafety. With the
discussions on the possible development of an international
regime on benefit sharing, in response to WSSD, the issues of
ABS gains significance to influence economic and trade agendas.
Discussions under WIPO are weakly linked to CBD discussions
while they significantly feed into the WTO discussions. Likewise
increasing national and regional debates are emerging on issues
of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and
impacts of WTO negotiations.
the recently concluded Global Biodiversity Forum (GBF) South
Asia, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16-18 June 2003 participants
from 14 countries joined together to discuss issues such as
development, poverty and trade. One of the four workshop themes
of the GBF dealt with issues of “Access and Benefit Sharing,
Biosafety – Relevance of Issues to Trade and Intellectual
Property Rights (IPRs)”. Participants from Bangladesh,
Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and China presented country and regional
level case studies and discussed the implications for the developing
world. The outputs of the workshop are expected to feed into
the discussions of forthcoming in WIPO, WTO and CBD meetings.
RBP in collaboration with Regional Environmental Law Programme
is currently preparing a ‘Hand Book on ABS’. This
handbook is slated for release at the AHTEG meeting of ABS to
be hold in Montréal, during December 2003.
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication on Access to Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowldege.
Glowka, Balakrishna Pisupati,
Sanjiv de Silva, (Editors) 2001