NATIONAL COORDINATION CENTRE ON ACCESS TO GENETIC RESOURCES AND BENEFIT-SHARING

Checkpoint for monitoring the utilization of genetic resources of the Republic of Belarus

Project Title: Strengthening of human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol in the Republic of Belarus.

UNDAF Outcome(s): Outcome 3.1: By 2020, policies will have been improved and measures will have been effectively implemented to increase energy efficiency and the production of renewable energy, to protect landscape and biological diversity, and to reduce the anthropogenic burden on the environment.

Expected CP Outcome(s): Solutions developed at national and subnational levels for the sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste.

Expected Output(s):

1.1. Strengthening of legal and institutional capacity to develop national legal frameworks and practical measures to implement the Nagoya Protocol: to develop procedures for access to genetic resources and/or traditional knowledge associated with them and the format of documents required for such procedures; to elaborate a mechanism to check, control and monitor the realization of agreements between providers and users of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with them.

2.1. Inventory of genetic resources of the Republic of Belarus based on the DNA-barcoding technique (the start-up stage). Development of an interactive database to keep record of agreements concluded between providers and users of genetic resources and of traditional knowledge, to control their results for compliance with the Nagoya Protocol, to monitor the fulfillment of agreement terms and conditions by its Parties. 3.1. Strengthening of human resources for the study of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, development of proposals to ensure their preservation and legal protection of the rights of such knowledge holders.

3.1. Strengthening of human resources for the study of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, development of proposals to ensure their preservation and legal protection of the rights of such knowledge holders.

Executing Entity: Institute of Genetics and Cytology, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

Implementing Entity: UNDP

Key outcomes:

Proposals for the improved national legislation to implement the Nagoya Protocol in the Republic of Belarus have been submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus and included in the 2019 Plan for Normative Legal Acts.

Poposals for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

As part of the expert work on traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, proposals to amend the Culture Code of the Republic of Belarus have been prepared and directed to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

Proposals for the Ministry of Culture

19 March 2020
Webinar on the Global ABS Community was held on 18 March 2020

Webinar participants were learn about the Global Expert Community on the Nagoya Protocol and its virtual platform for training, sharing of experience and getting hip to global news.

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27 February 2020
DIGITAL SEQUENCE INFORMATION ON PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES

The Article in “The Science and Innovations” considers the issues related to the Nagoya Protocol operation, including the fundamental principles of benefit-sharing arising from access to genetic resources.

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18 February 2020
DNA Barcoding Technology in Belarus: Prospects and Needs

The DNA identification of rare and endangered plant species started in 2017 at the Republican DNA Bank. DNA barcoding is the best approach and tool to study flora and fauna and organize the obtained data in a special database.

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17 February 2020
NAGOYA PROTOCOL FOR THE CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

The Nagoya Protocol is an international mechanism that ensures the realization of sovereign rights of country Parties to the Protocol over their genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge and the achievement of the 3rd objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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10 February 2020
Ethics in Building Trust between the Providers and Users of Genetic Resources. Article

Elena Guzenko, Deputy Director for Science and Innovation, the Institute of Genetics and Cytology, NAS of Belarus Alexander Kilchevsky, Deputy Chairperson of the Presidium of NAS of Belarus, Academician Russian version is available at: http://abs.igc.by/kodeks-povedenija-v-oblasti-dostupa-k-geneticheskim-resursam-i-sovmestnogo-ispolzovanija-vygod/

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