13 November, Gedu: An awareness seminar on “National Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Program with Special Focus on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal” was held at the Gaeddu College of Business Studies (GCBS), Gedu, Chhukha on 10 November 2016. The seminar was aimed mainly at creating awareness on biodiversity conservation and its importance to students and faculties of the business college. Thus, expanding awareness and disseminating information to a wider audience without just focusing on environmental related agencies and institutions. The awareness seminar is a part of a seminar series which is conducted throughout the country by prioritisng relevant and important institutions.
The seminar covered various biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilisation initiatives in the country, an overview of the national and international conventions, protocols and legal framework on biodiversity such as the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, Access and Benefit Sharing Policy of Bhutan 2015 and the Access and Benefit Sharing regime adopted in the country.
Participants were also briefed on the different programs and activities carried out by theNational Biodiversity Centre and other relevant agencies and, the existence and the importance of Bhutan Biodiversity Portal (www.biodiversity.bt). The Bhutan Biodiversity Portal acts as an online biodiversity repository contributed by biodiversity enthusiasts and citizen participants and is also an online platform which is available to all interested national and international users.
With this kind of awareness programs, it is hoped that the students (future generations) will be more aware of their surrounding biodiversity and develop interest in conservation activities. In addition, the management of Gaeddu College expressed their interest in conducting such seminars to the new batch of students annually.
The seminar was organised by the National Biodiversity Centre and was attended by the faculty members and about 500 students of the Gaeddu College of Business Studies. The seminar was supported by the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund implemented by the National Biodiversity Centre in collaboration with UNDP Bhutan.
- Submitted by the National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang
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