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NIBR to hold the Forum on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) with China on Nagoya Protocol (2016.7.13) 2019-06-05 16:13:53
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NIBR to hold the Forum on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) with China on Nagoya Protocol


National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR) holds a forum titled "Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)" under the theme of Korea-China Cooperation on the Nagoya Protocol on July 13 at Seoul Garden Hotel, Seoul.


The forum, hosted by NIBR, organized by Korea ABS Forum and sponsored by Korea Biotechnology Industry Organization, is aimed at discussing the global trends of strengthening sovereignty over biological resources and implementing the Nagoya Protocol.


China ratified the protocol on June 8, and will put into effect as of September 6.


According to a survey of the industry’s awareness on ABS by NIBR, over 50 percent of overseas genetic resources in use are imported from China. Thus, China’s ratification of the protocol will have a considerable impact on Korea, one of the major users of China’s biological resources.


The ABS forum, jointly hosted by Korea and China, has been under the spotlight as an important event to respond to the Nagoya Protocol as policy cooperation on ABS between the two countries is urgently required.


Chinese experts including public officials from Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection who participated in legislative process for ratifying the protocol will express China’s stances, and discuss ways to bolster cooperation for use of genetic resources with Korea


The forum will draw about 100 participants including ten Chinese experts such as Dr. Haiou Liu at Foreign Cooperation Center, Chinese Minsitry of Environment Protection and Dr. Dayuan Xue, professor at Minzu University of China and Korean experts.


The forum consists of three sessions and presentations on China’s legislation on ABS and traditional knowledge of minority groups in China.


In addition, participants will discuss cooperation projects and future activities between Korea and China.


A luncheon seminar on Korea-China Cooperation for ABS is a venue for graduate students from both countries to share insights and build network and the students will give presentations on research papers regarding the protocol.


"The forum will serve as a platform for Chinese and Korean experts to share opinions more openly on information sharing and responses to ABS," said Baek Woonsuk, president of NIBR. "As Korea-China relations became more important with China’s ratification of the protocol, we will develop joint policies to work with China for responding to the Nagoya Protocol," he added.   





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