A New project on Nagoya Protocol Implementation has been launched.

by Kehali Dereje ~ August 8th, 2017

A New project on Nagoya Protocol Implementation has been launched.

Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and intuitional capacities to implement the Nagoya protocol ( The UNDP/ GEF Project), anew project that aims at assisting countries in the development and strengthening of their national ABS frameworks has been launched on July 26 2017, at Addis Ababa.

Mr. Abraham Assefa, Representative of General Director of Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, noted that Ethiopia has become a member of Mega Diversity Countries in the world.

He also pointed out biological diversity is the base for economic prosperity and other aspects of human welfare at household and national level.

“The implementation of the basic measures of the Nagoya protocol in the participating countries will generate a wide range of monetary and non-monetary benefits for providers of genetic resources”, said Mr. Abraham.

This will help countries get all the benefits from their biodiversity through fulfilling the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), he indicated.

UNDP Regional Technical Adviser, Mr. Fouad Bergigui introduced the access and benefit sharing regime under the Nagoya protocol. And said that the project helps Nagoya protocol to be implement and assure the benefit sharing within the countries the provider of the genetic resources and the users.

As Mr Fouad explanation the project will be implemented for 3 years in 24 countries including Ethiopia. Legislative and institutional measures should be taken to implement the Nagoya protocol, He remarked.

Mr. Ashenafi Ayenew, Director, Genetic Resource Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate (EBI) on his part said, the project will strengthen the country institutional and legal framework.

Mr Ashenafi also said the project will also build trust between users and providers of genetic resources to facilitate the identification of biodiscovery efforts and strengthening the capacity of indigenous and local communities to contribute to the implementation of the Nagoya protocol.

The project supported by United National Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environmental Fund (GEF).

          

Access and benefit sharing consultation workshop for the Ethiopian National Network of Botanic Gardens and Ex-situ Collection Holders held in Addis Ababa (24- 25 July, 2017).

by Kehali Dereje ~ July 31st, 2017

Access and benefit sharing consultation workshop for the Ethiopian National Network of Botanic Gardens and Ex-situ Collection Holders held in Addis Ababa (24- 25 July, 2017).

 During the occasion, Dr. Feleke woldeyes, Deputy Director General of Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI) said that the institute is working to protect the countries genetic resources. In this regard, EBI is heading on the right track in terms of strengthening this.

The Deputy Director General, highlighted Ethiopia has put in place domestic legislation to facilitate access to its genetic resources and ensure fair and equitable benefit sharing.

To put this regulation into action, there must be a working platform for enhanced access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, he noted.

He also pointed out that genetic resources are base for research and development at large.

Mr. Ashenafi Ayenew, Director, Genetic Resource Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate (EBI) on his part said the Institute is responsible to ensure that the country’s biodiversity and the associated community knowledge are properly conserved and sustainably utilized, and its communities get fair and equitable share of benefits arising from their utilization.

To this Ethiopia has issued Access to Genetic Resources and Community Knowledge and Community Rights Proclamation(No.482/2006) and   Regulation (169/2009), Mr. Ashenafi said.

He further noted that Ethiopia has acceded to the Nagoya Protocol and developed Code of Conduct to administer the Access and Benefit Sharing issues.

Darwin Initiate project leader, Suzanne Sharrock, said that Ethiopia is well known for its effort in Conserving Biodiversity. She also underlined the importance of strengthening legal frameworks in areas of genetic resources.

The same consultation workshop was also held with researchers July 27-28, 2017.

Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute is the Focal Institute for Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), representing Ethiopia.

IGAD Adopts Regional Biodiversity Protocol, Related Strategies Featured

by Kehali Dereje ~ July 27th, 2017

IGAD Adopts Regional Biodiversity Protocol, Related Strategies Featured
14 Jul 2017

Addis Ababa 14/2017 Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has adopted a Regional Biodiversity Protocol and related strategies.

At the conclusion of the ministerial meeting today, Executive Secretary of IGAD Ambassador Mahboub Maalim said the protocol would help to mobilize resources and create much more cooperation on the issue of ecosystem development in the region.

The ministers of environment approved the protocol on biodiversity management, which the Executive Secretary of IGAD said “is a milestone achievement.”

According to Ambassador Maalim, regional economic integration in the Horn of Africa could be realized through prudent management of natural resources and trans-boundary ecosystems.

Recently, Ethiopia and Kenya have launched a cross-border program which is the first of its kind. “We are building on that high-level political support to help all linked in cross-border trans-boundary cooperation among member states” he added.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Dr. Gemedo Dalle said on his part the IGAD region is characterized by severe droughts and recurrent famine, which reflects the high level of land degradation and water shortage.

This poses a great threat to sustainability of ecosystems and sustained livelihoods of the people in the region, he noted.

The Minister pointed out that the availability and endorsement of such a regional protocol is not enough to protect the biodiversity resources in the region.

“It is rather the level of our commitment to properly implement the protocol that would contribute to the sustainable management of the biodiversity resources in the region”, he concluded.

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