L-R: François Pythoud (Switzerland) consulting with Bert Visser
(the Netherlands) during plenary night session.
L-R: View of the opening dais with Antonio Taveras, FAO
Legal Office; Shivaji Pandey, FAO; Ichiro Nomura, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO; Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department of FAO; Bert Visser
, Commission Chair (the Netherlands); Dan Leskien, Alvaro Toledo, and Richard Laing, CGRFA Secretariat.
Chaired and facilitated by Bert Visser
(the Netherlands), Commission Chair, the event was well-attended by delegates and observers to CGRFA-12
, and showed the broad range of interest in ABS and the issues it seeks to address, including food security and biodiversity conservation.
Bert Visser, Chair of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), the Netherlands, welcomed participants to the special event, saying it is a notable moment since it is the first time within FAO that the issue of ABS for GRFA will be addressed across the various domains.