On July 4, 2019, in Dushanbe, as part of the UNDP / GEF project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacity for implementing the Nagoya Protocol” by the UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan in partnership with the National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center of the Environmental Protection Committee under the Government оf the Republic of Tajikistan, a workshop was held on the theme “Gender aspects and development of the value chain based on genetic resources in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol and the ABS principles”.
Representatives of ministries and departments, academic and scientific institutions, public and commercial organizations and other stakeholders, attended the workshop as well as an international consultant on the identification of the role of women in the development of the value chain based on genetic resources. For a broader understanding of the role of women in the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, a survey was initially conducted among all categories of stakeholders.
Welcoming speeches were made by Mr. Dustov D. from the National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center of the CEP RT, M. Khakimova from the UNDP Country Office and international consultant Matila M.
The purpose of this workshop was to identify the role of women and youth in the development of the value chain and the importance of gender aspects in the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
During the event, presentations were made by both national experts and international consultant, during which the Sustainable Development Goals were noted, the role and contribution of women to the development of the value chain in accordance with the principles of ABS were defined.
The national experts of the project presented a brief overview and the results achieved by the survey among stakeholders. During the presentation, they noted the main risks, threats of excessive use of genetic resources and the consequences that have arisen to date. One of the main questions of the survey was the socio-economic well-being of local communities and in particular women employed in the collection of genetic resources and their role in this process. In general, the survey showed that the role of women in the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources is of great importance.
The international consultant in her presentation presented the experience of advanced countries and key recommendations on the integration of gender aspects into the components of the value chain in accordance with ABS in Tajikistan, measures to expand the role of women in the sustainable use of genetic resources in the country.
The workshop participants mainly from which women received more information and knowledge about the ongoing initiatives of the project on the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol and the ABS principles, as well as the role of women in the implementation of project activities.
The UNDP / GEF project “Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Framework and Institutional Capacity for Implementing the Nagoya Protocol” aims to assist 24 countries in developing and strengthening national access and benefit-sharing structures (ABS), human resources and administrative capacity to implement the Nagoya Protocol.
In Tajikistan, the national partner of the project is the National Center for Biodiversity and Biosafety of the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the purpose of which is to coordinate the implementation of goals and objectives under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.