Introduction to the East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum

The East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum is being held as a venue for the organizations in charge of protecting plant varieties in nations of East Asia (ASEAN +3) to exchange a wide range of ideas and information to facilitate the improvement of the implementation and the harmonization of the plant variety protection system in the Asian region through cooperative efforts and mutual understanding of each country’s systems and conditions.
It is expected through the activities of the Forum that the creation of new varieties of plants and international trade in these new varieties are facilitated, the utilization of the intellectual property rights to develop diversified businesses for producing seeds and seedlings are motivated, and the further development of the agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and food industries of East Asia.

At the first forum, there was an introduction by each participating country. Future plans call for voluntary participation of each country in cooperative activities. These activities include:

1 Nurturing human resources to enhance the ability to manage the system
2 Activities designed to develop and harminize the system
3 Cooperative activities related to examinations
4 Development of techniques for variety identification by DNA analysis
5 Development of techniques for variety identification by DNA analysis

EAPVPF Implementation Structure

East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Implementation Structure

Forum Member Countries

Guideline for Operation of EAPVPF

Guideline for Operation of East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum:
Approved by the 3rd meeting of the EAPVP Forum (PDF/49.5KB)

Forum History

2007

October
Workshop on the Cooperation and Harmonization in Plant Variety Protection in the Asian Region
Representatives from governments and organizations in the East Asian region met to discuss the strengthening of systems for protecting plant varieties. Japan's proposal to set up an East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum received their support, and a joint statement was issued about ways in which countries in the region would work together to achieve common goals in this field.

Joint Statement (PDF⁄14KB)
Japan
November
Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture, Fishery, and Forestry of ASEAN+3
(Japan, China, Republic of Korea)
To set up the East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum was approved.
Thailand

2008

June
To join the PVP Course in Netherlands (Indonesia) Netherlands
July
The 1st Meeting of East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Japan
August
Basic Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
October
Visit to Study on Plant Variety Protection to Netherlands (Indonesia) Netherlands
November
The 1st Workshop for Cooperation in Harmonization of Test Guidlines(TGs) and DUS Test Indonesia
APEC's Seminar on Plant Variety Protection Indonesia
Short-Term Technical Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
December
In-country Training Course on Plant Variety Protection and DUS Test in Viet Nam Viet Nam
The 3rd National Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Indonesia Indonesia
Awareness Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Viet Nam Viet Nam

2009

January
Long-Term Technical Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
Experts' Conference on the Harmonizing Test Guidelines for Rice Plants Philippines
February
In-country Training Course on the Plant Variety Protection System in Thailand Thailand
China, Japan, Korea Meeting of the Experts for DNA Analysis in Beijing China
Experts' Conference on the Creation of Test Guidelines for Aglaonema Thailand
March
Domestic Training Program on Plant Variety Protection System in Singapore Singapore
Domestic Training Program on the Plant Variety Protection System in Malaysia Malaysia
April
The 2nd Meeting of East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum China
May
Domestic Training for Developing TG in Indonesia Indonesia
Experts' Conference on the Harmonizing Test Guidelines for Capsicum Indonesia
June
Indonesia-Netherlands Joint Seminar (agricultural crops division) Indonesia
Domestic Training on DUS testing for Plant Variety Protection in Indonesia Indonesia
August
The 2nd Workshop for Cooperation in Harmonization of Test Guidlines(TGs) and DUS Test Thailand
Basic Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
International Symposium : "The Impact of Plant Variety Protection" Republic of Korea
October
Short-Term Technical Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
November
Supplement Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
Awareness Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Malaysia Malaysia
The 1st In-country Training Program on DUS Test in Viet Nam Viet Nam
The 2nd In-country Training Program on DUS Test in Viet Nam Viet Nam
December
The 3rd In-country Training Program on DUS Test in Viet Nam Viet Nam

2010

February
Business Awareness Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Singapore Singapore
March
Training on the Administration of Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
Experts' Conference on the Harmonizing Test Guidelines for Capsicum and Aglaonema Japan
Invitation of Forum Member's to UPOV・DUS Test Seminar Switzerland
April
International Seminar on Protection of New Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights and Interests China
The 3rd Meeting of East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Republic of Korea
International seminar on "Use of Plant Variety Protection System by Public Sector" Republic of Korea
July
International Training Program on "Plant Variety Protection and Examination System" Republic of Korea
The 4th National Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Indonesia Indonesia
Experts' Conference on the Harmonizing Test Guidelines for Durian, Papaya and Mokara Thailand
August
Experts' Conference on the Harmonizing Test Guidelines for Capsicum and Aglaonema Malaysia
The 3rd Workshop for Cooperation in Harmonization of Test Guidlines(TGs) and DUS Test Malaysia
Basic Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
September
Awareness Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Thailand Thailand
November
Short-Term Technical Training on Plant Variety Protection in Japan Japan
In-country Training on DUS Testing for PVP Examinar in Indonesia Indonesia
In-country Training Course on DUS Test under Plant Variety Protection in Malaysia Malaysia
5th National Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Indonesia Indonesia

2011

January
Study Tour and Meeting regarding PVP System in Japan Japan
February
Rice Pilot Road Test Meeting Philippines
Cooperation for the Seminar on UPOV Basic Technical Skills and the Workshop on the Development of Test Guidelines Harmonized with UPOV Guidelines Philippines
March
Study Visit Program on PVP Administration in Japan Japan
Dispatch of the Experts for In-Country Training on the Development of Test Guidelines in China China
May
The 4th Meeting on Plant Variety Protection in Indonesia Indonesia
June
Workshop Concerning DUS Test and the Harmonization of Test Guidelines in Thailand Thaliand
September
ADVANCE TRAINING COURSE ON DUS GROWING TEST (1st session) Malaysia
Workshop Concerning Development of Test Guidelines in line with UPOV Test Guidelines in Thailand Thaliand
October
Release of "Variety Protection Registration " symbol mark Korea
Training Course 1 in Japan: Short-term Technical Training Course for PVP Experts Japan
November
Support for the Participation of Observers from the East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Countries in the UPOV Technical Working Party in Japan Japan
December
Dispatch of Experts to the Workshop for the Development of Test Guidelines & DUS Assessment in China China

2012

January
Senior Officials Training in Japan Japan
February
The meeting on future aspects and activities of the Forum Thaliand
The Meeting for Harmonization of Test Guideline (TGs): Cassava Thaliand
THE MEETING FOR HARMONIZATION OF TECHNICAL GUIDELINES OF OIL PALM Malaysia
Awareness Raising Seminar on Plant Variety Protection in Cambodia Cambodia
Meeting for the harmonization of test guidelines in Indonesia Indonesia
March
Advanced Training Course on DUS Growing Test in Malaysia Malaysia
Meeting for the harmonization of test guidelines in Singapore Singapore
July
Training for Information Systems Related to the Plant Varieties Protection System Japan
September
Training in Photography for DUS Testing Thailand
October
EAPVPF High Level Tour Japan
Short-term Technical Training Course for PVP Experts Japan
December
The Meeting for Harmonization of Test Guideline (TGs): Oil Palm Malaysia

2013

February
The Meeting for Harmonization of Test Guideline (TGs): Durian and Papaya The Philippines
The Meeting for Harmonization of Test Guideline (TGs):Cassava Indonesia
The Meeting for Harmonization of Test Guideline (TGs): Mokara Thailand
July
The EAPVPF Technical Working Group Meeting Malaysia
The Sixth East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Meeting Malaysia
The Symposium on Plant Variety Protection: Regional Cooperation towards International Harmonization of Plant Variety Protection Malaysia

2014

August
The Seventh East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Meeting Lao PDR
Symposium on Plant Variety Protection : Plant Breeding and Protection of Breeders' Right are Key to Agricultural Development Lao PDR
September
The Training Course for DUS Test of Rice Vietnam
November
The Meeting of Test Guidelines Harmonisation on Rambutan and Starfruit Malaysia

2015

February
The Meeting of TG Harmonization on Dendrobium Korea
September
The 8th East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Meeting Korea
Symposium on Plant Variety Protection Korea
The First Meeting of Test Guidelines Harmonization on Acacia Spp. Malaysia
October
Indonesian Delegates Visit Japan to Study DUS Test Japan
November
Study Visit on the Management of PVP System Thailand
Workshop on Plant Variety Protection: Setting up Example Variety for Rice Malaysia
Training Course for DUS Test of Tomato Vietnam
December
Introductory Workshop on the Benefits of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention Brunei Darussalam
Workshop on Awareness of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention Lao PDR
Workshop on Awareness of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention Cambodia

2016

January
Legal Consultation on Internationally Harmonized PVP System Malaysia
July
High Level Study Tour on Plant Variety Protection Japan
August
Training Course for DUS Test of Corn Viet Nam
September
The 9th East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Meeting Viet Nam
Seminar on the Enforcement of Plant Breeders' Rights under the UPOV Convention Viet Nam
November
Study Visit on PVP System and PBR Application Management Malaysia
December
Seminar on Awareness Raising on the UPOV System of Plant Variety Protection Myanmar

2017

January
Training Course for DUS Test of Marigold Thailand
Lecturers Dispatched to PVP Training Course Organized by Naktuinbouw Myanmar
February
Seminar on the Benefits of the UPOV System of Plant Variety Protection Thailand

Useful Links

Plant Variety Protection Office at MAFF, Japan

International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

The Asia & Pacifics Seed Association (APSA)

Japan Seed Trade Association (JASTA)

The Center for Seeds and Seedlings (NCSS, NARO)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Contact

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Seed Industry Office,
Intellectual Property Division, Food Industry Affairs Bureau
Tel : +81-3-6738-6444
East Asia Plant Variety Protection Forum Japan Office
Japan Association for Techno-Innovation in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (JATAFF)
Email: st-pgr@jataff.jp