Knowledge Sharing on ABS with Myanmar´s Competent Authorities and Stakeholders
9 Oct 2019
Two events on knowledge sharing on the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and a consultation activity with national competent authorities on drafting legal measures were held in Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw on September 13, 16, 18 and 19 respectively.
These events had the participation of key stakeholders e.g. representatives from the research and innovation department, biotechnology research department, and officers/representatives from appointed national authorities from the ministries of environment, agriculture, education, ethnic affairs, livestock, fisheries, and intellectual property, including universities and local communities.
The knowledge-sharing events were organized with the objective to provide a series of seminars about the Nagoya Protocol, present relevant ABS case studies to Myanmar, share knowledge and experiences regarding national ABS frameworks, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and understand the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol.
Additionally, during the consultation event, draft policies, legal frameworks and related documents receive feedback from the national competent authorities and stakeholders.
These events were organized by the United Nations Development Programme in Myanmar in partnership with the Research and Innovation Department in Yangon, the Biotechnology Research Department in Kyaukse.
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Anthony Foronda is the Regional Project Specialist for the Asian-Pacific region of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project that promotes the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in 23 countries.