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

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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7 February 2020
Code of Ethics as a Tool to Protect the Rights of Holders of Traditional Knowledge and Practices Related to Genetic Resources

The Article by Alla Stashkevich deals with the analysis and experience related to the use of ethical norms with respect to traditional knowledge and practices as part of intangible cultural heritage.

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3 January 2020

Mass Media about the Nagoya Protocol

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21 November 2019
November 6, 2019. The Global ABS UNDP-GEF Project Board Meeting was held online

November 6, 2019. Istanbul Regional Hub held the Global ABS UNDP-GEF Project Board Meeting in the online mode. 2019 Project Progress, 2020 Workplan and the Inputs from Senior Beneficiaries Representatives were discussed along with some other project-related issues.

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31 October 2019
A Story of Zonya Rudzko

This is a photograph of Zonya Ignatievna RUDKO from the village of Rechen,
Lyuban District. The photo was taken in 2016, shortly before her death. The photo
became a “Lekavya Travy” (Medicinal Herbs) music CD cover by the RELIKT group.
The lady knew herbs, advised people on how to use them in healing and used
them herself. She was a herbalist without any witchcraft or spellful background ‒
she simply knew what this or that herb was helpful for.

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