Provincial Consultations on ‘Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)’ Law for Pakistan

28 May 2012 | News story

Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan in collaboration with IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature organised provincial consultations on draft law on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) out of Utilisation of Biological Resources for Pakistan under the United National Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The consultative workshops were held for Sindh and Balochistan Provinces in Karachi on May 23, for Punjab province on May 24th in Lahore and for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces on May 25th 2012 in Peshawar. The workshops were facilitated by national and regional experts from IUCN and senior officials from Forestry Wing of the Ministry of Climate Change and were attended by experts/representatives from national organisations, government institutions, research bodies, international organisations and representatives from pharma and tibbi pharma associations.

The objective of the consultative sessions was to deliberate on the draft ABS Law for Pakistan and build a consensus on measures that are required for regulating biodiversity derivatives and compliance on the prior informed consent and respect the traditional knowledge under the Nagoya Protocol to the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Speaking on the event in Peshawar, Mr. Wajid Ali Khan, Honourable Provincial Minister for Environment said that the provinces have been given more autonomy, which will go a long way in promoting the environment related agenda in Pakistan. He said that the government would support necessary legislation for conserving biological resources and regulating the access to the genetic resources and ensuring equitable sharing of benefits arising from utilisation of such resources.

During three-day consultations, the experts from all the provinces provided useful feedback on draft ABS Act and discussed finalisation of the ABS law for the country, particularly in the light of the post 18th constitutional amendment and sub-sequent devolution of the subject of environment to the provinces and new roles and responsibilities of the relevant institutions in Pakistan. 

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