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Myanmar makes progress on the Nagoya Protocol and trains 70 professionals on ABS

Myanmar makes progress on the Nagoya Protocol and trains 70 professionals on ABS

20 Jun 2019

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Participants of workshop "Elevating the key stakeholders' knowledge on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS", 11th of July, 2019, Myanmar. Photo: UNDP Myanmar.

The training workshop “Elevating the key stakeholders’ knowledge on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS”, organized by the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, was held between 10th and 11th of June, 2019, in Myanmar.

A total of 70 ABS professionals participated, increasing their understanding about the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol, the differences between biotrade, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the Nagoya Protocol based on critical thinking during discussions or open forum.

During the event, participants were informed about the Nagoya Protocol definitions and associated guidelines. Moreover, case studies of successful implementation of the Protocol were presented, and challenges and opportunities with implementation of the Protocol were discussed.

View the event´s photo gallery here.

ABS in Myanmar

Myanmar has been a party to the CBD since 23 February 1995, and it subsequently joined the Nagoya Protocol on 8 January 2014 by way of accession. Since becoming a party to the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol, Myanmar has been taking proactive steps to meet its obligations.

The country is one of the most biodiversity rich countries in South East Asia. Traditional knowledge-holders, especially local communities and indigenous peoples are drawing significant attention on genetic and species diversity to be conserved and use in effective manner within a strong legal framework.