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Genetic Resources Access and Benefit Sharing Directorate

Duties and Responsibility

  1. Provision of Export and Import Permits on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge (for Commercial and Non-commercial purposes).
  2. To ensure that the country and its communities obtain fair and equitable share from the benefits arising out of the use of genetic resources and associated community knowledge; so as to promote the conservation and sustainable utilization of the country’s biodiversity resources.
  3. Regulation of illegal transfer of Genetic resources and Community knowledge.
  4. Raise Stakeholders’ awareness on access to genetic resources and associated community knowledge and benefit sharing issues
  5. Publicizing/promoting genetic resources (species/subspecies/varieties) for Access and Benefit sharing activities.
  6. Surveying and documenting Community knowledge, innovation and practices, and publicizing for use/utilization.
  7. Producing and distributing Publications (leaflets, brochures, newsletters, magazines, articles on newspaper, etc.) to stakeholders.
  8. Monitoring and regulating (Control and follow-up of negative impacts) genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and invasive alien species (IAS).
  9. Conducting access and benefit sharing related researches such as bioprospecting, valuationand invasive alien species assessment studies.
  10. Amending the existing Access and benefit-sharing laws and regulations when necessary.
  11. Providing Counseling on related to access genetic resources and associated community knowledge implementation system.

Services currently provided by the directorate

  1. Access permit given for Non-commercial (Research and Academic) purposes.
  2. Access and Benefit Sharing permit given for Commercial purposes.
  3. Providing Counseling on access to genetic resources and associated community knowledge and benefit sharing issues.

 Selected Publications

  • Abiyselassie MG. (2018). Overview of African naked mole-rat Heterocephalus glaber for bioprospecting, access and benefit sharing in Ethiopia. GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 4(1), 25-37.
  • Abiyselassie MG. (2018). Overview of African naked mole-rat Heterocephalus glaber for bioprospecting, access and benefit sharing in Ethiopia. GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 4(1): 25-37.
  • Amare Seifu et al, (2016). Assessment of the Invasive Alien Plant Species Argemone ochroleuca in North Gondar and West Gojam Zones, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 1(3): 107-114.
  • Amare Seifu et al, (2018). Bio prospecting potentials of Dioscorea species in selected districts of Gedio and Sidama zones of SNNPR. J Appl Biotechnol Bioeng, 5(3):137?140.
  • Amare Seifu et al. (2019). Economic valuation of Phytolacca dodecandera in Semen Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Discovery, 55(288): 644-653
  • Amare Seifu et al., (2017). Impact of Invasive Alien Plant, Xanthium Strumarium, On Species Diversity and Composition of Invaded Plant Communities in Borena Zone, Ethiopia. Biodiversity International Journal, Vol.1:1.
  • Amare Seifu et al., (2019). Assessment of invasive alien plant species, Cryptostegia grandiflora, in east Shewa zone, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. International Journal of Modern Pharmaceutical Research; 3(2), 01-08.
  • Amare Seifu, Manaye Misganaw, Tesfaye Bekele, Edeget Merawi, Temesgen Tigab, Girum Faris, Ashenafi Ayenew (2019). Economic valuation of Phytolacca dodecandera in Semen Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Discovery, 55(288): 644-653
  • Amare Seifu, Tesfaye Bekele and Ashenafi Ayenew (2018). Abundance and socio-economic importance of Osyris quadripartita in South Omo and Gamgofa zones, SNNPR, Ethiopia. International Journal of Modern Pharmaceutical Research, 2(4), 15-21.
  • Anteneh Tamirat, Binyam Goshu, Girum Faris, Zeleke Woldetenssay (2017). Economic Valuation of Rhizobium Bio-fertilizer for Production of Haricot Bean in Wolayta Zone, SNNP Region. International Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2(1): 1-6
  • Ashenafi Ayenew, Abiyselassie Mulatu, Bruk Lemma, Demissie Girma (2016). An Ethnobotanical Study of Enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw) Cheesman) in Angacha Woreda, Kembata-Tembaro Zone, South Region, Ethiopia. American Journal of Life Sciences, 4(6): 195-204
  • Amare Seifu, Anteneh Tamirat, Edeget Merawi, et al. (2016). Assessment of the Invasive Alien Plant Species Mimosa diplotricha in Shebe-Sombo, Kersa and Seka-Chekorsa Districts, Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia. International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 1(2):20-24
  • Assefa et al. (2016). Bio-prospecting Potential of Ocimum basilicum for Access and Benefit Sharing Around Bahir Dar City Administration, West Gojam and Northwest Gondar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Advances in Bioscience and Bioengineering, 4(4):35-42
  • Ayenew A, Faris G, Seifu A, Merawi E. Seboka N., Misganaw M. and Bekele T., (2018). Impact and status of invasive alien plant species (IAPS), Nicotiana glauca, in Eastern and Southern Zones of Tigray regional state, Ethiopia. Biodiversity Int J.; 2(4):351?355.
  • Bekele T, Seifu A, Ayenew A. (2019). Status of Osyris quadripartita in Borena and West Guji Zones, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Biodiversity Int J.; 3(2):79?83.
  • Binyam Goshu, Girum Faris, Zeleke Woldetenssay, Fikiremariam Ghion (2016). Valuation of Rhizobium Bio-fertilizer forthe Production of Faba Bean in Arsi Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. International Journal of Modern Chemistry and Applied Science, 3(4): 479-484
  • Edeget Merawi Betsiha , Biniam Goshu , Mekonnen Ambereber (2020). Determination of Economic Value for Thymus Species (Thymus serrulatus and Thymus schimperi) in Tarmaber District, Northern Shewa, Ethiopia. Discovery, 56(300):827-831
  • Faris G, Shenkutie M, Tilahun R, Seboka N, (2020). Traditional knowledge associated with yeast preservation and Teff Injera making process in east and west Gojam zones of Ethiopia. Biodiversity Int J.; 4(1):36?40.
  • Girum Faris, Amare Seifu, Manaye Misganaw, Nigussie Seboqa, Tesfaye Bekele (2017). Bio prospecting potential of Colocasia esculenta in Selected Districts of Gedio and Sidama Zones of SNNPR, Ethiopia. International Journal of Modern Chemistry and Applied Science, 4(3): 544-547.
  • Girum Faris, Biniam Goshu, Anteneh Tamirat, Zeleke Woldetenssay, (2016). Economic Valuation of Rhizobium Bio-fertilizer for the Production of Chickpea in North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. International Journal of Modern Chemistry and Applied Science, 3(4): 473-478
  • Guta Waktole Weyesa, Rahel Tilahun, (2021). Documentation of Traditional Knowledge on “Coffee” (Coffea arabica) in Jimma, Ilubabor and West Wollega Zone, European Journal of Biophysics; Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-8.
  • Nigussie Seboka et al., (2017). Invasion and impacts of Xanthium strumarium in Borena Zone of Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Coastal Life Medicine; 5(8): 350-355.
  • Seifu A. Bekele T. Misganaw M. et al. (2019). Economic valuation of Lippia adoensis, Implication for Access and Benefit Sharing Agreement in Sidam and West Arsi Zone,SNNPR and Oromia Regions, Ethiopia. MOJ Eco Environ Sci.4(5):242-250
  • Tadesse, N.S. Beyene, G.F. Hordofa T.B. et al. (2020). Traditional food and beverage in Eastern Tigray of Ethiopia. Ethn. Food 7, Article number: 16
  • Taye Birhanu Belay, Ashenafi Ayenew Hailu (2017). Assessment of the Invasive Alien Plant Species Lantana Camara in Nile River Millennium Park, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Global Journal Inc., 17(1), ISSN: 2249-4626.
  • Tesfaye Bekele et al., (2019). Documentation of Traditional Knowledge Associated with Herbal Medicinal plants In Assosa District, Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Medical Practice and Review, 3(3): 482-496.
  • Tesfaye Bekele, Amare Seifu and Ashenafi Ayenew (2019). Impacts of Invasive Plant, Cryptostegia grandiflora, on Species Diversity and Composition of Invaded areas in East Shewa Zone, International Journal of Agriculture Innovations and Research, 7(5): 2319-1473.
  • Woldetensay Z, Amberber M, Tamirat A, Mulatu A (2014) Opportunities for Bioprospecting Genetic Resources in Ethiopia. J Biodivers Biopros Dev 1: 133.
  • Zeleke WoldeTenssay et al., (2017). Medicinal Plants: -Traditional Knowledge and Practices in Some Communities of Ethiopia. International Journal of Ecotoxicology and Ecobiology, 2(2): 56-60
  • Samson Shimelse, Tariku Geda, Tesfaye Awas,Tesfaye Bekele (2021). Alert for opportunistic invasive time bomb, Prosopis juliflora species in Gurage Zone, SNNPRS, Ethiopia. IASR Journal of Agriculture and Life Science, 1(1): 01-10

Ongoing Researches

  • Assessment of the Invasive Alien Plant Species, Calotropis procera, in North Wollo and East Shewa Zones, Ethiopia
  • Assessment on Status, Impact and Control of Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) in Lake Tana, Ethiopia.
  • Bioprospecting Potential of Zingiber officinale Roscoe for Access and Benefit Sharing
  • Distribution of invasive alien species in west and South West Ethiopia (Oromia, Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz).
  • Documentation of Traditional Knowledge on “Teff” Eragrostis tef, (Zucc.) Trotter) Production and Processing of Some Selected “Teff” Producing areas of Ethiopia.
  • Economic Valuation of “Haleko” (Moringa stenopetalla) in Southwestern Ethiopia: Implication for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Biodiversity.
  • Economic valuation of Salvadora persica for Access and Benefit Sharing in Arba Minch zuria, SNNPR, Ethiopia.
  • Impact of Invasive Alien Plant, Cirsium vulgare, on the species diversity and composition of invaded communities in East Gojam and South Gondar Zones, Ethiopia.
  • Impact of Invasive Alien Plant, Lantana camara, on the species diversity and composition of invaded communities in SNNPR, Ethiopia.
  • Knowledge, Attitude, and practice towards water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) among Riparian communities around Rift Valley Lakes of Oromia, Ethiopia
  • Stakeholders’ perceptions of the impacts of invasive water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) in Lake Tana, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia.