In the National Republican Center for Genetic Resources discussed the possibility of harmonizing existing databases of genetic resources with the principles of the Nagoya Protocol
Dushanbe, November 9, 2018 UNDP / GEF project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacity for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol”, implemented by the UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan in partnership with the National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center of the Committee on Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (NBBC) conducted a workshop on “Compatibility of Genetic Resources Database Systems as Required by the Nagoya Protocol”. The workshop was held at the National Republican Centre for Genetic Resources (NRCGR) of the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan (TAAS). The workshop was attended by 40 persons, from the NRCGR specialists, representatives of the TAAS and its subordinate institutions, the “Ziroatkor” Institute, as well as representatives of the farmers of the Sarikishti jamoat and other interested parties.
During the workshop discussed a progress in implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the country, strengthening relevant legal and institutional frameworks, reviewing existing databases of genetic resources and their improvement based on the experience of other countries, principles of negotiating the exchange of genetic resources between users and suppliers, preserving and rational use of medicinal plant genetic resources, as well as the role of traditional knowledge in the preservation and use of genetic resources in accordance with the ABS principles in Tajikistan.
The workshop helped to raise awareness among participants on issues of basic principles of the Nagoya Protocol, important aspects and successful approaches in creating databases and systems for managing them according to ABS, as well as the role of genetic resources and their use in the development of the value chain.
Tajikistan ratified the Nagoya Protocol in 2014, thus the country assumed responsibility for implementing and integrating the key provisions and principles of this Protocol into the national legal system. Currently, Tajikistan, along with other 24 countries, is part of the Global project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol”.