Albania is one step forward on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
9 Jan 2019
More than twenty stakeholders participated on a training on mutually supportive implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, which took place the 17th and 18th of December 2018.
On 17 and 18 December 2018, a training workshop was held in Tirana, Albania, on mutually supportive implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS). Twenty- two stakeholders participated in the training, representing the Albania Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, national gene bank, University of Agriculture, University of Tirana, UNDP, and FAO.
Genetic resources, whether from plant, animal or micro-organisms, are used for a variety of purposes ranging from basic research to the development of products. The Nagoya Protocol and ITPGRFA are legally-binding instruments aimed to improve conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture while sharing equitably and fairly the benefits arising from this use among all stakeholders.
Organized by UNDP Albania country office under the auspices of the Global ABS Project “Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Framework and Institutional Capacities to Implement the Nagoya Protocol”, the training was to help participants understand the Nagoya protocol in relation to ITPGRFA and key international, regional and national laws relating to ABS. And consequently, help them understand their responsibilities and how to process permissions for access to genetic resources.
There were discussions on institutional arrangements for implementing ABS in the country, including the appropriate ministry to lead development and implementation of ABS legislation; involvement of stakeholders, particularly national gene banks; and the benefit-sharing requirements, particularly submission of samples and related information in the case of foreign expeditions in the country. Case studies were presented to illustrate mutually supportive implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, ITPGRFA and the European Union directives regarding the Nagoya Protocol.
Further consultations will be held among stakeholders and institutions within the framework of the Nagoya Protocol, ABS and ITPGRFA to improve ABS legislation in the country.