The fourth and last meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (WG2020-4) on the Post-2020 Global Diversity Framework (GBF) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from June 21 to 26. The Post-2020 Framework will define targets and pathways for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity over the next decade and beyond. Across regions, challenges to conservation and biodiversity are rapidly mounting. The new Framework is an opportunity to stop and reverse the current catastrophic trends in biodiversity loss.

Join us for the second panel of the 2022 Gene Drive Webinar Series titled “Key Considerations for Risk Assessments of Gene Drive Technologies” which will take place on June 16th at 2:00 pm Singapore time. The session will bring together an eclectic mix of researchers working on the topic as part of the Outreach Network’s efforts to contribute to an informed debate on gene drives.

The first webinar of the 2022 Gene Drive Webinar Series provided participants with an introduction to different types of gene drives and how guidance and frameworks need to be able to adapt to these differences. An initiative led by the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research and the ISAAA SE Asia Center, the panel Gene Drive Organisms: There is no one size fits all also discussed gene drive regulation and oversight, as well as the appropriateness of current guidelines, best practices, and gaps.

By Ben J. Novak, Lead Scientist, Revive & Restore

On May 22, the world comes together to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity, an occasion to raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and current conservation challenges. Some geographical areas, such as islands, are more vulnerable than others to biodiversity loss. Islands are biodiversity “hot spots”, but approximately half of the 724 recorded animal extinctions in the past 4 centuries were island species.

As part of our efforts to contribute to an informed debate on gene drive, the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research is partnering again with the ISAAA SEAsiaCenter to organise the 2022 Gene Drive Webinar Series.