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Cablegate: Bahrain: Preparation for Negotiations On Access

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS MANAMA 001910

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARPI BERNS AND OES/ETC VILLEGAS
AMMAN FOR WHITTLESEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR EAID SENV TBIO BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN: PREPARATION FOR NEGOTIATIONS ON ACCESS
TO GENETIC RESOURCES AND BENEFIT SHARING

REF: STATE 269625

Post contacted Engineer Zahwa Al Kuwari, Director of the
Environment Assessment and Planning Directorate, General
Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources,
Environment, and Wildlife, to discuss questions posed in
reftel. Kuwari said Bahrain is a party to the Convention on
Biological Diversity and will be sending one expert to the
Bangkok meeting in February 2005. Kuwari further stated that
Bahrain has prepared documents pertaining to potential Access
and Benefit Sharing (ABS) rules and procedures but is waiting
for budgetary approval to implement said rules and
procedures. Kuwari was unwilling to share specific details
regarding the GOB's plans at this time, but indicated the GOB
is keen to learn from others at the convention early next
year.
MONROE

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