Capacity Building on Access and Benefit Sharing on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Tajikistan
On June 11, 2018, 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) conducted a capacity building workshop on the principles of access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) in Tajikistan in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol.
Representatives of UNDP CO in Tajikistan, ABS Regional Project Specialist, International Consultant on Legislation, specialists from ministries and departments, experts from the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan and its research institutes, and NGOs took part in the workshop.
The agenda of the workshop included discussion on existing legal provisions for conservation and management of genetic resources, review of the methods and approaches for strengthening legal, institutional and human capacities in order to develop effective ABS system in Tajikistan, review of international experience in establishing ABS legal framework as well as the ABS Clearing-House basic principles in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol.
International consultants provided comments and new formulations of legal and institutional aspects, on the clearing-house mechanism as a platform for exchange of knowledge and technologies, and on the best practices and relevant practical examples of legal regulation and implementation of the access and benefit-sharing system.
The inter-ministerial workshop helped to raise participants' awareness of the basic principles of the Nagoya Protocol, the important aspects and successful approaches to establish the ABS system, the role of the global ABS Clearing-House Mechanism and the importance of developing a national clearing-house mechanism in Tajikistan.
Tajikistan ratified the Nagoya Protocol in 2014, and thus the country assumed 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 for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol".
The national project partner is the NBBC, a state institution established to coordinate the implementation of the activities under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.