Second and Third consultation workshops on ABS law
The National Access and benefit sharing consultation workshop was held on 7 Aug. 2017. The workshop targetd the represntatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and its different depertmanents. The Consultation aims to identify gaps, shortcomings and gaps challenges, and opportunities in the context of ABS.
In her opening speech, Dr. EL Khitma Mohammed, the national progect coordinator said the national ABS law is important to ensure that the country’s genetic resources and the associated traditional knowledge are properly conserved and sustainably utilized, and its communities get fair and equitable share of benefits arising from their utilization.
The national consultant Mr. Yasir Ahmed Salih provided a presntaion which gave an overview of the Nagoya Protocol to provide participants with an understanding of NP, and other measures like Prior Inform Concent (PIC) and Mutatually Agreed Terms (MAT).
On large-scale, the participants stressed the importance of developing an ABS national mechanism (legal framework) to ensure equitabale benefit sharing of genetic resources and traditional khnowldege
However Dr. ELTahir Ibrahim, Agricultural Research Corporation and Dr. Afafa ELJizoli, General Direcrectorate of Horticultural Production empasized the importance of registeration of genetic resources and associated traditional knoweldge.
The third consultation workshop was also held with Forest National Corporation and General Directorate of Wildlife on Augest, 8 2017. Again the participants emphasized the importance of national legislation to facilitate access to its genetic resources and ensure fair and equitable benefit sharing and regiestration of genetic resources and associated tradional knoweldeg.
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