National Awareness Workshop on ITPGRFA and MLS

webA national awareness workshop on ‘International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture’, ‘Multilateral System of Germplasm Access and Benefit Sharing’, ‘Convention on Biological Diversity’, ‘Nagoyo Protocol’ and ‘Draft Access and Benefit Sharing Policy of Bhutan’ was held in Thimphu on 3 December.

The workshop was conducted as a part of series of awareness raising programs conducted by the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) at various levels on themes surrounding biodiversity. The workshop created awareness and understanding on the international treaties and conventions surrounding biodiversity and in particular on International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and Multilateral System (MLS) of germplasm exchange under ITPGRFA regime.

The key areas covered during the workshop included:

  • Germplasm exchange situation and scenario pre CBD, CBD and post CBD;
  • International treaty on Plant Genetic Resources (ITPGRFA) and its salient features;
  • Objectives of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources (ITPGRFA);
  • Interrelationships between CBD and ITPGRFA;
  • Differences between CBD and ITPGRFA;
  • Multilateral System (MLS) of germplasm access under ITPGRFA;
  • Mechanism of sharing germplasm under MLS and Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA);
  • Benefit Sharing Fund (BSF) under MLS;
  • Draft Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Policy of Bhutan;
  • Prospects and benefits of participation in MLS;
  • Initiatives and status related to ABS in Bhutan;
  • Process and procedure for access of and benefit sharing in Bhutan.

More than 30 officials representing the Policy and Planning Division, Department of Agriculture, Council of RNR Research of Bhutan, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Research and Development Centre Yusipang, National Seed Centre, National Plant Protection Centre, National Potato Program, National Organic Program, College of Natural Resources, Bhutan Alpine Seeds and NBC.

The workshop was organised by NBC with funding support from GRPI2 project funded by Bioversity International.

-NBC

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