Call for all relevant stakeholders to submit peer review comments on the science-based fact-finding study on concept and scope of digital sequence information on genetic resources (DSIGR).

  Call for all relevant government departments, indigenous peoples and local communities, organisations and stakeholders to submit comments on the peer reviewed science-based fact-finding study on the concept and scope of digital sequence information on genetic resources and how digital sequence information on genetic resources is currently used building on the existing fact-finding and scoping study.

 

           
Introduction and background
 
Call for written comments
 
Closing date
 
 
 
 
                 

 

Background discussion

 

As you may be aware, South Africa is a Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Nagoya Protocol on ABS). The Department of Environmental Affairs is the National Focal Point for these multilateral environmental agreements.
During the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 14) and the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (COP-MOP 3), each meeting adopted decisions on digital sequence information on genetic resources (i.e. decision 14/20 and NP -3/12) respectively.

In decision 14/20 (paragraph 11 (b) to (e)), the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity requested the Executive Secretary to commission the following studies:

  1. Fact-finding study on the concept and scope of digital sequence information on genetic resources and how digital sequence information on genetic resources is currently used building on the existing fact-finding and scoping study;
  2. Study on ongoing developments in the field of traceability of digital information, including how traceability is addressed by databases, and how these could inform discussions on digital sequence information on genetic resources;
  3. Study on public and, to the extent possible, private databases of digital sequence information on genetic resources, including the terms and conditions on which access is granted or controlled, the biological scope and the size of the databases, numbers of accessions and their origin, governing policies, and the providers and users of the digital sequence information on genetic resources and encourages the owners of private databases to provide the necessary information.
  4. Study on how domestic measures address benefit-sharing arising from commercial and non-commercial use of digital sequence information on genetic resources and address the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources for research and development

The studies on digital sequence information on genetic resources have been commissioned and are now available for peer review.

 

Call for peer review comments 

 

In light of the above-mentioned decisions, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries requests all relevant government departments, indigenous peoples and local communities, organisations, and stakeholders to submit peer review comments on the:

 

Closing date and submissions

  1. Science-based fact-finding study on the concept and scope of digital sequence information on genetic resources and how digital sequence information on genetic resources is currently used building on the existing fact-finding and scoping study.

Kindly submit your comments in writing by no later than 09 December 2019 to:
Ms. Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni
E-mail: lmabadahane@environment.gov.za

 

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