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Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity,agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, September 2011

The Government of Canada sought the views of Canadian Stakeholders regarding its potential signature of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

On October 29, 2010 the text of the Protocol was adopted by the 193 countries that are Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, including Canada. The Government of Canada considered whether to sign this international treaty, choosing not to do so in the end. The deadline for countries to sign the Protocol was February 1, 2012. Signature indicated the intent to consider ratification at a later date.

Stakeholders were engaged in discussions on Access and Benefit Sharing over several years, to advise on both the international negotiations and on related domestic approaches.

Please find attached the following documents to assist your research:

    • Discussion Document produced by Environment Canada in consultation with the federal Interdepartmental Committee on Access and Benefit Sharing;
    • The official text of the Nagoya Protocol as adopted (for more on this see www.cbd.int/abs/);
    • Domestic Policy Guidance on Access and Benefit Sharing for genetic resources. This document was developed collaboratively by Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments. It does not constitute official government policy and is included for reference purposes only; and,
    • A comparison of the key provisions of the Nagoya Protocol and the Domestic Policy Guidance.
 
The deadline to send views on the Nagoya Protocol was October 21, 2011.
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