STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Two-day long advance regional workshop on Biological Diversity Laws, Access and Benefit Sharing under UNDP-GEF (Global ABS Project) titled ‘Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Framework and Institutional Capacities to implement Nagoya Protocol’ commenced here on Friday. The workshop was organised by The Law School, University of Jammu, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and National Law School of India, Bengaluru. The purpose of the workshop was to give an understanding of domestic as well as the international legal and policy framework on Biodiversity Law and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). The workshop, which began today, is being attended by over 150 participants drawn from different streams, including Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), School of Biotechnology, Departments of Environmental Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Human Genetics and Faculty of Law, Cluster University, Jammu, Central University of Jammu and Parade College Jammu. In inaugural function, Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu was the Chief Guest while Prof M K Ramesh and Prof Sairam Bhat from NLSIU, Bengaluru were the Guests of Honour. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Manoj Dhar said that having experienced heavy bio-piracy in last quarter of the century, there has been a dire-need for proper regulatory bodies to check the menace and save biodiversity hotspots. Prof M K Ramesh emphasized that there is a vital need to bring about reconciliation between Central, State laws and policies, that are incompatible with or contradictory to the principles of conservation. Earlier, Prof Arvind Jasrotia, Director, The Law School and Coordinator Workshop talked about the scope of UNDP-ABS project. He hoped that J&K State Biodiversity Board will initiate the process of constitution of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) and preparation of Peoples Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) at the earliest to enable local communities to reap the benefits. Prof Sairam Bhat, Dr Sapna Bansal and Dr Raghav Parthsashtry discussed in detailed the intellectual property related issues of the biodiversity. Dr Seema Rohmetra, Senior Assistant Professor, The Law School coordinated the proceedings of workshop. The second day session will be taken by Dr Pushpa Kumar Lakshmanan, faculty of law from University of Delhi on ‘Nagoya Protocol and India’ and Dr Tarun Arora from Central University of Punjab, who would speak on ‘Challenges and Issues with respect to Biological Diversity Act and Research Community’. The last session will be taken by Prof Yashpal Sharma, Department of Botany, University of Jammu, who will speak on ‘Status of Bio-resources in J&K’.
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