We have initiated critical dialogue on the importance of genetic resources
and traditional knowledge between governments and stakeholders in all areas of society within the project countries, says Melesha Banhan from the International Union for the Conservation of Natures regional office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
The lack of protection against biopiracy has resulted in the piracy of genetic resources
, she said.
Appreciating the contribution of farmers, Ms Mina Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative in Pakistan said: 'The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources
in Food and Agriculture is important for Pakistan since it aims at establishing a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials.
This first-of-its-kind conference, mainly focused on conservation of genetic resources
of domestic animals for food and agriculture, hosted renowned scientists from various parts of the world and the region, as well as local concerned bodies and policy makers.
She added, "What is worrying is that unrecorded animal genetic resources
are being lost before their characteristics can be studA[degrees] ied and potential evaluated.
Later, the Ambassador visited Agricultural Biological Engineering Institute (ABEI), Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and Plant Genetic Resource
Institute (PGRI) of NARC.
The various efforts make it difficult for researchers and plant breeders to know what is held where and what genetic resources
are contained in the seeds.
President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev signed the law on the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources
and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Summary: Dr Nadiya Al Saadi, Executive Director, Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources
Centre, talks about the potential of Oman's genetic diversity, inherent in its animals, plants, marine species and microorganism; and the various initiatives taken by the centre
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi will set up the Plant Genetic Resources
Centre that aims to document the genetic resources
of UAE's bio-diverse plant species, and studying and conserving them.
Moreover, in the developing countries, the situation is worse owing to a lack of information on the existing indigenous genetic resources
(Ayalew et al.
This book provides an overview of international genetic resources
governance, covering issues, resources, rules, and actors involved.