The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international agreement aimed at ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of genetic resources, including through adequate access to genetic resources and appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights to these resources and technology, and through appropriate funding, thus contributing to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components. The Nagoya Protocol was adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity at its tenth meeting on 29th October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.
The UNDP/GEF Regional Initiative "Enhancing Human Resource Capacity, Regulatory Framework and Institutional Capacity for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol" aims to strengthen the capacity of the countries, participating in the Protocol to implement its basic principles and objectives. The Inception Workshop, marking the launch of the project, was held in Almaty on July 25-27 this year.
The UNDP country offices in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan were the organizers of this event.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the ministries, departments, NGOs and international organizations of Kazakhstan, representatives of the National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center, the National Republican Center for Genetic Resources and the UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan, the Republic of Belarus were represented by the Head and specialists of the National Coordinating Center on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing, as well as the Regional Specialist of the Global UNDP/GEF project on the Nagoya Protocol
Within the framework of the meeting discussed the objectives and key tasks of the project, envisaged activities and expected results, as well as mechanisms for cooperation with partners and other.
The Regional Project Specialist Claudio Ciarola, in his speech, presented the global ABS Project and its basic components, reviewed project management mechanisms, reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements, and financial procedures.
Leaders and experts of the national projects made presentations on the current state of implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in their countries, presenting a situational overview of the main scientific, legal, administrative and institutional aspects.
The specialist of the National Center for Genetic Resources of Tajikistan M. Pulodov made a presentation about genetic resources, in which told about their values, principles and features of it conservation in Tajikistan, as well as ongoing activities on collection and storage of plant genetic resources.
Nargizakhon Usmanova, UNDP Program Analyst in the Republic of Tajikistan, in her presentation told about project objectives, planned activities, expected results and stakeholders who are involved in the implementation of the national project. The representative of the national project support center S. Irgashev presented information on the work plan for the forthcoming period, noted a number of activities already implemented and the results achieved.
Representatives of two other countries participating in the regional project, Kazakhstan and Belarus, also made overview and reporting presentations, providing expanded information on issues on the agenda.
Based on the results of the Inception Workshop, it was decided to agree on country work plans in accordance with the global project requirements, to strengthen cooperation under the project in order to achieve the objectives, expected results and indicators. Prepare a TOR for the hiring of an international legal consultant to work with national consultants.