On 7 February 2018, at 10.00 an introductory seminar under the international technical assistance project “Strengthening of human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol in the Republic of Belarus” will take place in the Conference Center of the Johaness Rau Minsk International Education Center (IBB) at the address: Minsk, praspiekt Haziety Praǔda, 11. This project is part of a global project for 24 countries and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The international seminar will be attended by representatives of the UNDP Office in Belarus, the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (project executor), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, the scientific organizations exchanging genetic resources with other countries, representatives from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan who are implementing this project.
Claudio Chiarolla, Regional Project Specialist for Eastern Europe and other Countries of the UNDP-GEF Global Project on ABS, and Alexander Korbut, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, will deliver the opening remarks.
The aim of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of their utilization to the Convention on biological diversity is to ensure fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources which includes any material of plant, animal, microbial or other origin containing functional units of heredity and of actual or potential value, and hence the entire biological diversity of the Republic of Belarus. These are plants, animals, strains of microorganisms, collections of varieties and seeds, agricultural crops, etc.
In fact, the compliance by a country with the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol means the guaranteed receipt of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources of own country and willingness to accordingly provide benefits to the countries that supply genetic resources.