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EPA executes National Stakeholder Consultation on the Preparation of the Interim National Report on the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

 Guyana ratified the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) on August 29, 1994 and is therefore committed to implementing the Decisions of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP). The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit sharing (ABS) was adopted in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and came into force on October 2014. Guyana acceded to the Nagoya Protocol on April 22, 2014, being the only country in Caribbean at that time to do so. The Environmental Protection Agency is the National Focal Point (NFP) to the CBD and by extension, the ABS Protocol.

The protocol is designed to allow the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of the genetic resources by creating a legal and transparent framework for access, use and conditions to ensure benefit sharing.

With support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a number of stakeholders in a consultative process as part of the “Preparation of the Interim National Report on the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS).” The session was held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in the Boardroom of the EPA and was facilitated by the Environmental Management Consultants (EMC) and legal advisor Mr. Teni Housty.

The aim of the consultation was to engage all relevant stakeholders in the preparation of the report in order to ensure transparency and accuracy of the information to be included in the report. A total of 15 participants within the government sector and civil society were engaged.