Plant variety protection and accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 1991) are important elements of trade agreements negotiated by the EU. Over the first years of implementation of the IP Key SEA project, several activities were organized on plant variety protection in collaboration with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and with the cooperation of the UPOV Office, in order to promote a better understanding of the benefits of strong plant variety protection and of UPOV 1991 accession.
Building on this, in 2020 the IP Key SEA project is organizing a Webinar Series on Plant Variety Protection, in collaboration with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO). The webinars will offer the opportunity to present and discuss selected topics of interest on Plant Variety Protection and UPOV 1991 Membership, from the Food Security and Economic Development angle, in the context of Climate Change; in addition, the webinars will bring-in the perspectives of Farmers and Plant Breeders in the EU, as well as from selected countries in the South-East Asia region.
The webinar series will be held on the 12, 13, & 23 November 2020. On November 12 and 13 presentations will be followed by a question and answer session, while on November 23, a panel discussion with all the speakers will close the Series. Participants will be able to join the webinars (with prior registration) and interact live with the speakers, or follow the live web-streaming on the IP Key SEA project webpage: