2-day UNDP Regional Workshop on Biodiversity Laws & ABS begins at JU

JU Vice-Chancellor and participants of UNDP workshop on inaugural day.
JU Vice-Chancellor and participants of UNDP workshop on inaugural day.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 28: The Law School, University of Jammu, in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme and National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, is organizing two-day Regional Workshop on Biological Diversity Laws under UNDP-GEF (Global ABS Project) titled “Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Framework and Institutional Capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol”.
The purpose of the workshop is to give an understanding of the domestic as well as the international legal and policy scenario on Biodiversity and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). The ABS mechanism allows local communities better opportunities to benefit from the use of their knowledge, innovations and practices related to biological diversity.
The two-day workshop, which began today, is being attended by over 120 participants drawn from different streams, viz., Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), School of Biotechnology, Departments of Environmental Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Human Genetics and Faculty of Law.
In the inaugural function, JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar, was the chief guest and O P Sharma, Director, State Forest Research Institute and Member Secretary, State Biodiversity Board, was the guest of honour.
Prof Manoj Dhar talked about the significance of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity and need for the conservation of biodiversity which has also emerged as the dominant international discourse due to issue arising out of appropriation of genetic resources.
O P Sharma said that to achieve the goal of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, it is important to reconcile State and Central laws and policies that are incompatible with or contradictory to principles of conservation.
Earlier, Prof Arvind Jasrotia. Director, The Law School and Coordinator Workshop, dwelt upon the key provisions of Biological Diversity Act, 2002. Prof Shashikala Gurpur, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, discussed the Convention on Biological Diversity and Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. Dr Gargi Chakrbarti from NLU Jodhpur discussed the interface between IPR and Biodiversity. Archita Naraynana from NLSIU. Bengluru discussed the ABS case studies on Biodiversity. Proceedings of the programme were conducted by Dr Seema Rohmetra, Assistant Professor.

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