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Title 7 countries gathered in Seoul to discuss national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
Name 홈페이지관리 Date 2017-08-04
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7 countries gathered in Seoul to discuss national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol



NIBR held the “International Symposium on National Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol” on 6 July 2017 to share lessons and discuss challenges to implement the Protocol at the national level. In parallel with the symposium, the Second Korea-Myanmar vice Ministerial Dialogue was held.

7 countries such as China, Germany, India, Japan, Myanmar, South Korea and South Africa gathered in Seoul for this event and shared their current status of ABS legislations and implementation measures.  

The Republic of Korea becomes a party to the Nagoya Protocol on 17 August 2017; thereby domestic ABS measures are urgently required, especially for Korean Bio industry.


Many Korean companies are highly dependent on overseas biological resources. Under the circumstances, NIBR has provided recent news and information on ABS at home and abroad, and conducted research on Korean indigenous species to support Korean bio industry.


This symposium is one of these efforts to support the industry. Stakeholders from public and private sectors participated in the symposium and discussed international and national strategies, approaches and future visions to better implement the Protocol


Meanwhile, in the vice ministerial dialogue, two vice ministers of Korea and Myanmar discussed joint research projects on new biological resources in Kachin state, which is northernmost biodiversity hotspot of Myanmar.


“This symposium provided good opportunities to strengthen multilateral cooperation for biodiversity research and information sharing, while facilitate manpower exchange, technical transfer and capacity-building among industry, academia and research institution,” said Ahn Byungok, Vice-Minister of Environment of Republic of Korea.

The program of the symposium is as follow.








Opening Remarks

Dr. Kyoung-Hee Oh, Director, NIBR, MOE, Korea


Welcoming Address

Dr. Byungok Ahn, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment, Korea

Mr. U Khin Maung Yi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar


Photo time


Implementation of ABS mechanism in INDIA

Dr. K. P. Raghuram, Technical Officer (Benefit Sharing) NBA, India


Progress toward the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Japan

Ms. Naho Matsumoto, Section chief

of Nature Conservation Bureau, MOE, Japan


China's Status and Actions on Access to and Benefit Sharing of Bio-genetic Resource

Dr. Lei CAI, Director of Division of Bio-resources Conservation, MEP, China




Current Status of Legislation and Implementation of the ABS System in Myanmar

Dr San Oo, Director, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Myanmar


The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the EU and in Germany - Legal framework and steps towards enforcement

Dr. Stefan Lutkes, the Head of Unit for Legal Affairs in the area of Nature Conservation in Germany


Coffee Break


An overview of the South African legal framework on Bioprospecting , Access and benefit sharing

Ms. Natalie Feltman, Bioprospecting and Biodiversity Economy, South Africa


Procedures for Access and Utilization of Domestic and Foreign Genetic Resources

Mr. Junghan Bae, Deputy Director of ABS Affairs, MOE



Chair: Prof. Wonmog Choi, Chairman of Korea ABS Forum

Panel: Prof. Sun Young Oh, Executive Director of Korea ABS Forum

Dr. Yong-Ha Park, Chief Research Fellow, Korea Environment Institute

Prof. Jongwon Park, Pukyong National Univeristy

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