|Last updated: 05/05/2016|
|The Secretary of the International Treaty has been notified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry of France of two new collections of forages and potato that are now included in the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty and available for the transfer under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).|
|The report of the training workshop Enhancing capacities to understand and implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”, which was recently held in Tsukuba, Japan, is now available online. The workshop gathered 15 national focal points from Contracting Parties of the Region and other technical staff from countries considering accession to the International Treaty.|
Following the notification issued on 13 March on the same topic, I have the honour to draw attention to the reports of the following recent meetings: Resumed fourth meeting of Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on the Standard Material Transfer Agreement and the Multilateral System (12 April 2013); Resumed seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy (26 – 27 March 2013); and First meeting of the Compliance Committee (20 – 22 April 2013).
The purpose of this notification is to bring to your attention decisions that are addressed to Contracting Parties in relation to the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing.
|The Secretariat of the International Treaty briefed twenty genebank managers of institutions that are signatories of agreements with the Governing Body under Article 15 of the International Treaty on relevant policy and legal matters on the occasion of a coordination meeting organized in Rome.|
The Secretariat of the International Treaty is pleased to announced that a new version of the Information Technology Tool in support of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the Treaty is online under the name of EASY-SMTA.
|The global gene pool of the International Treaty received this week 351 new wheat accessions that have been evaluated during the life of a Benefit-sharing Fund project implemented in Morocco, as announced by the National Agriculture Research Institute of this country.|
|The aim of the learning module is to develop knowledge and skills to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and to use The Treaty’s standard material transfer agreement (SMTA). This module is targeted to genebank managers and technical advisers to policymakers and can also be used for education.|