National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR) under the Ministry of Environment will hold the international symposium titled "National Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS: Sharing Lessons & Discussing Challenges" on July 6 at The K Hotel Seoul. On the same day, the 2nd Korea-Myanmar Vice Ministers Meeting will be held as well.
Korea will become a party to the Nagoya Protocol from August 17, so the domestic bio industry faces an urgent need to prepare for the implementation of the protocol on access to and benefit sharing of genetic resources (ABS). As the bio industry has a high dependency on overseas biological resources, government-level support for sharing information on ABS of each government and finding materials to replace imported resources is needed.
The international symposium is aimed at sharing experiences and practices on the implementation of ABS of parties to the Nagoya Protocol as well as fostering close cooperation for the utilization of overseas biological resources.
The symposium will draw government officials, representatives from domestic bio industry and local governments pioneering in fostering the bio industry. The participants will discuss various issues including biodiversity, global response to the Nagoya Protocol and future vision.
In particular, officials from seven countries including genetic resources-rich countries such as China, India and South Africa as well as major users of genetic resources such as Germany, Japan and Korea will gather together to share their legislations and policies on the implementation of the protocol.
Biodiversity-rich countries have been modifying laws and regulations on access to and benefit sharing of genetic resources to promote their own benefits, while major users of overseas biological resources have been working to minimize a burden on their domestic industries.
The symposium will serve as a good opportunity to better understand policies on ABS of each country and seek responses.
As a back-to-back event of the symposium, Vice Environment Minister Ahn Byungok will have a bilateral meeting with H.E. U Khin Maung Yi, Permanent Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar to reinforce bilateral cooperation on biological resources.
Myanmar, one of the biodiversity-rich countries, has established a partnership with Korea since 2011 through various cooperation projects such as publishing an illustration on biodiversity, establishing a specimen room and simplifying the procedure of access to bio materials.
They will discuss ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation such as conducting joint research on exploring useful biological resources in Kachin, Myanmar.
Vice Minister Ahn commented that "the symposium will be a meaningful opportunity to expand intergovernmental cooperation on biological resources research and information exchange as well as initiate the exchange of human resources and technologies and capacity-building among the industry, academia and research institutes."
"We will protect Korea's sovereign rights over biological resources by building trust and expanding cooperation with parties to the Nagoya Protocol through joint research, and offering education and training to the future generation," he added.
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