GLOBAL ABS CONFERENCE 2020

Session 2

ABS for Users I: A Dialogue between Governments and Researchers

4 November 2020

This session gathers governments and researchers to exchange experiences and challenges to fill the gap between present ABS implementation and the ABS we all need.

Description

How can scientists, as key users of genetic resources, be involved in policy making on access and benefit sharing and fully comply with the principles of the Nagoya Protocol? These three regional sessions gathered governments and researchers to exchange experiences and challenges to fill the gap between present ABS implementation and the ABS we all need.

Structure

Each session, national competent authorities and researchers presented two regional case studies, followed by a panel that addressed short questions on scientific emerging issues (i.e. DSI and pathogens) and the need and opportunities to address them. The sessions concluded with a Q&A and debate.

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020

Asia & CIS countries: 9 AM Brussels / 3 PM Bangkok (2 hours)

This session was in English with Russian interpretation.

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020

Africa & Arab countries: 1 PM Brussels time / 3 PM Nairobi (2 hours)

This session was in English with French and Arabic interpretation.

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020

Latin America: 5 PM Brussels time/ 11 AM Panama time

This session was in Spanish with English interpretation.

Speakers

Alejandro Lago

UNDP

Manager of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. He was directly involved in the negotiation of the Nagoya Protocol and since its adoption has been actively supporting its implementation globally.

Taukondjo Sem Shikongo

CBD

ABS Senior Programme Manager at the Convention on Biological Diversity. He served as Africa’s Chief Negotiator for the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol in 2010.

Bilal Qtaishat

Jordan

Director of Nature Protection Directorate, Ministry of Environment of Jordan. National Focal Point for the CBD, Nagoya Protocol.

Khaled Abu Laila

NARC

Director of Plant Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) in Jordan.

Lolona Ramamamonjisoa

Madagascar

ABS National Focal Point of the Nagoya Protocol in Madagascar, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Claudine Ramiarison

Madagascar

Director of Research at the Information and Scientific Documentation and Technique Centre. Former National Focal Point of the CBD.

Mery Ciacci

European Commission

International Policy Officer at the European Commission, Multilateral Environmental Cooperation, focused on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the development of ABS policies.

Chris Lyal

Specialist

Co-chair of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources. Biological Scientist, with a PhD in Phthirapteran classification and coevolution.

Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni

South Africa

Co-chair of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources (AHTEG). Deputy Director at the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

Amber Scholz

Researcher

Deputy to the Director at Leibniz Institute DSMZ, the German Collection for Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, in Braunschweig, Germany.

Christine Prat

Academic

Aix-Marseille University. Secretary of the French Expert Group on Nagoya protocol EU registry for biobanks.

V.B. Mathur

India

Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority. Former Director of Wildlife Institute of India (2014 and 2019).

K.S. Varaprasad

India

UNDP-India Consultant and Chair, Working Group on Seed Systems of Revitalizing Rainfed Areas Network. Former Director at ICAR-Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research.

Tatsiana Lipinskaya

Belarus

Leading Research Scientist at the Scientific and Practical Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus on Bioresources.

Tatsiana Zhaliaznova

Belarus

Advisor of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus. Former Research Associate at the United Institute of Informatics Problems and for the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of Belarus.

Rahul Arvind Chand

SPREP

ABS Capacity Building Officer at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Former negotiator at the CBD.

Joape Ginigini

Researcher

Senior Scientific Officer at The University of the South Pacific. Award winner for the best Master of Science by thesis in 2013. He is member of the Scientific and Academic bodies and Indigenous Science Network, Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Graham Matheson

TeTika & TVATI

Medical doctor and researcher from the Cook Islands. Founder of Cook Islands Medical Research and Development group, including CIMTECH.

Beatriz Gómez

CBD

Associate Programme Officer at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Marina Hernandez

Dominican Republic

Deputy at the Genetic Resources Department of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. National Focal Point of the Nagoya Protocol.

Rafael Polanco Santana

Dominican Republic

Biologist, researcher and advisor at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Viviana Parreño

Argentina

Scientific Coordinator at the National Institute of Agro-Technology and researcher at CONICET.

Guillermo Priotto

Argentina

Director at the Biodiversity Department, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
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