Call to submit views on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

Call for all relevant Government Departments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Organizations and Stakeholders to Submit Views and Information relating to Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

 

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. decisions 14/20 and NP-3/12), respectively. Download decisions 14/20 and NP-3/12 by clicking on the link below:

» Decision CBD-COP-14-20: Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

» Decision NP-3-12: Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources.

In light of the above-mentioned decisions, the Department of Environmental Affairs requests all relevant Government Departments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Organizations and Stakeholders to submit views and information: 

(a) To clarify the concept, including relevant terminology and scope, of digital sequence information on genetic resources and if and how domestic measures on access and benefit-sharing consider digital sequence information on genetic resources; 
(b) On benefit-sharing arrangements from commercial and non-commercial use of digital sequence information on genetic resources; and 
(c) On their capacity-building needs regarding the access, use, generation and analysis of digital sequence information on genetic resources, in particular for the three objectives of the Convention. 

Kindly submit your views and relevant information as soon as possible, but no later than 21 May 2019.

Please note that written submissions should be addressed to Ms Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni at Lmabadahane@environment.gov.za 
 

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