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Devising a domestic regime for Access and Benefit sharing in New Zealand. Dr. Alice Hume, Ministry of Economic Development. Contents. Role of MED Drivers for domestic policy development Process to date What might a domestic regime cover? Links with existing regulations

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devising a domestic regime for access and benefit sharing in new zealand

Devising a domestic regime for Access and Benefit sharing in New Zealand

Dr. Alice Hume, Ministry of Economic Development

contents
Contents
  • Role of MED
  • Drivers for domestic policy development
  • Process to date
  • What might a domestic regime cover?
  • Links with existing regulations
  • How might a domestic regime work?
  • Next steps
role of med
Role of MED
  • Initial involvement as part of natural resources portfolio
  • One of 3 lead agencies on Wai 262
  • Range of policy interests including resources and intellectual property
drivers for domestic policy development
Drivers for domestic policy development
  • NZ Biodiversity strategy (2000) identified that there are gaps in current access to biological resources and economic opportunities
  • Key elements of the Wai 262 claim relate to the management of certain biological resources
drivers for domestic policy development 2
Drivers for domestic policy development (2)
  • New Zealand may be required to act to implement any requirements of an international ABS regime
  • New Zealand has international interests as both a user and provider of genetic resources
process to date
Process to date
  • 2007 Formal consultation
  • 2008 – 2009 Working groups made up from researchers, CRIs, business and iwi
  • 2009 – now Taumata group
  • 2008 – now Broader engagement opportunities
what might a domestic regime cover
What might a domestic regime cover?
  • Biodiscovery involves the identification and analysis of biological resources for the purposes of knowledge-building, discovery and innovation aimed at identification of characteristics that may have wider application and/or commercial value
  • Working definition for New Zealand
links with existing regulations
Links with existing regulations
  • There are a number of areas where existing regulations would still apply including:
  • Resource management
  • Conservation
  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
how might a domestic regime work
How might a domestic regime work?
  • Layers of rights already exist in relation to New Zealand’s biological resources – focus on ‘access providers’
  • Mutually agreed terms could deal with a range of circumstances
  • National level co-ordination would be required to fulfil New Zealand’s international obligations and to ensure consistency and certainty in New Zealand’s ABS system
next steps
Next steps
  • Stocktake to assess the scale of biodiscovery activities in New Zealand and to identify risks and opportunities to be completed by mid-year
  • Wai 262 report expected imminently – timing of Government response to be determined
  • Wider engagement towards developing policy options for early 2011
next steps 2

Biodiscovery policy including:

Scope

Mutually agreed terms

National co-ordination

Government response to Wai 262 including:

Access providers

TK holders

ABS

Wai 262

NZ Biodiscovery policy

WIPO

International responses including:

Enforcement

Next steps (2)
contact details
Contact details
  • Web: http://www.med.govt.nz/bioprospecting
  • Email: bioprospecting@med.govt.nz
  • Tel: 04 474 2182 (Alice Hume)
  • 04 462 4203 (Kate Riddell)
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