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Workshop to increase understanding and knowledge on integration of ABS principles into national systems in Tajikistan

Workshop to increase understanding and knowledge on integration of ABS principles into national systems in Tajikistan

30 May 2019

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Workshop on political and legal frameworks according to provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources, May 17 – 18, Dushanbe. Photo: National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center.

On May 17 – 18, in Dushanbe was held a two-day workshop concerning development of the political and legal frameworks according to provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources (NP) and the best world practices in creation of national systems on ABS (access to genetic resources and benefit sharing ). The workshop was organized by the National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center of the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan with support of UNDP as part of the implementation of UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project “strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol”.

The International consultant on legal issues Mr. Balakrishna Pisupati and also representatives of the ministries and departments, research institutes, public and commercial organizations and other interested parties actively took part in work of the workshop. The event aimed to increase an understanding and knowledge of profile experts on the best practices of foreign countries in integration of the ABS principles into national systems of control and protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

Presentations and reports on different legal aspects in the ABS context were performed by the international consultant and the national expert, the national priorities in the field of preservation of genetic resources, the supporting legal base concerning GR and traditional knowledge, including results on assessment of compliance of the national legislation to global ABS principles and provision were also discussed.

The international consultant presented the review of successful practices and national experiences of other member countries of the protocol, which is step by step describing structure of national systems on ABS in such countries as India, Mexico, China, Japan, etc. The regulative and technical documentations which are a basis of administrative and regulatory systems on ABS were considered in detail, in particular, issues of intellectual property, documentation of mutually agreed conditions concerning genetic resources and the related traditional knowledge are discussed.

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Source: National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center of the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.