The main provisions of the Nagoya Protocol and the principles of access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) were discussed with partners in Kulyab.
In Kulyab, Khatlon region, hold a workshop on key provisions of the Nagoya Protocol and ABS principles, which organized at the initiative of UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan in partnership with the National Biodiversity and Biosafety Centre of the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (NBBC).
The workshop was attended by specialists from Environmental Protection Department in Khatlon region, regional Forestry and Hunting Department, scientists and specialists, representatives of public organizations and other interested parties.
The agenda included discussion of mechanisms for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and principles of access and benefit-sharing from genetic resources in Tajikistan. Held presentations on issues of genetic resources and traditional knowledge, on creation of an appropriate database and registry. The organizers talked about the need to develop a national ABS clearing-house mechanism (ABS CH) in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol, the participants, in turn, gave their recommendations on the main components that could be included in the CHM.
This meeting helped to raise participants' awareness on issues of the Nagoya Protocol and ABS principles, the role of genetic resources and traditional knowledge, relevance of creating a database on genetic resources and traditional knowledge. Separately highlighted a role of the local community in the Protocol implementation in Tajikistan, presented international and regional experiences on conservation and use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge by local communities in accordance with the protocol.
Tajikistan ratified the Nagoya Protocol in 2014, thus, the country took responsibility for the implementation and integration of key provisions and principles of this Protocol into the national legal system. Currently, Tajikistan, along with the other 24 countries, is part of the Global Project "Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Frameworks and Institutional Capacities to Implement the Nagoya Protocol".