International Consultant- KAP Adviser-Nagoya Protocol on ABS, Home-based with travels to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon 148 views


The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), an agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, was adopted on 29 October 2010 in Nagoya (Japan) and entered into force on 12 October 2014, it provides a transparent legal framework for the effective implementation of the 3rd objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Protocol applies to genetic resources that are covered by the CBD and to the benefits arising from their utilization, it also covers traditional knowledge (TK) associated with genetic resources held by indigenous and local communities. Parties to the Nagoya Protocol need to fulfill core obligations to take measures in relation to access to genetic resources, benefit-sharing and compliance.

A global GEF project ‘Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Frameworks, and Institutional Capacities to Implement the Nagoya Protocol’ was formulated by UNDP with the participation of 24 countries from Eastern/Central Europe, Arab Countries, Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions. Myanmar is one of participating countries in this project. The project has the objective of assisting countries in the development and strengthening of the national access to genetic resources and benefits-sharing (ABS) frameworks, human resources and administrative capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol. The project duration will be for three years starting from mid of 2017 and three components will be implemented:

  • Strengthening the legal, policy and institutional capacity to develop national ABS frameworks
  • Building trust between users and providers of genetic resources to facilitate the identification of bio-discovery efforts
  • Strengthening the capacity of indigenous and local communities to contribute the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

UNDP is providing technical advice and assistance to the Government of Myanmar to meet its commitments under this project. The Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation is the ‘National Focal Point’ responsible for leading this project on behalf of the Government of Myanmar.

The ABS instruments should be based on the findings and recommendations of the national assessments, gap analyses and consultations with key national and local stakeholders as indicated in the Project Document of the Global ABS Project. The specific problem that this project will seek to address is the lack of a functioning national legal, policy, and institutional framework that will enable the equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge (TK) between the state (national and state governments), commercial interests, and the owners and custodians of these resources and TK (such as Indigenous and Local Communities [ILCs]). This issue is compounded by the lack of trust between users and providers of genetic resources that prevents unleashing the potential of genetic resources as a source of innovation, biodiversity conservation, market development, and poverty alleviation.

The inception workshop organized in August 2017 and a draft analysis report on Traditional Knowledge in Myanmar has been prepared and presented to selected stakeholders in February 2018. Following the activities of formation of Competent National Authorities (CNAs), training workshop for the government officials and knowledge sharing sessions for researchers and local communities were conducted in January, June and September 2019.

The first draft of ABS National Policy Framework and associated guidelines were produced and consulted with multi-stakeholders in September 2019. As part of the project’s monitoring and evaluation system, knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) assessment surveys will be conducted targeting specific groups (ILCs, researchers, and relevant industries) that may use or benefit from ABS transactions to determine the project’s impact on awareness levels. In order to fulfil the important step of project implementation, UNDP Myanmar is looking for a specialist company to support ECD’s ability to oversee KAP surveys targeting specific groups (e.g., researchers, local communities, and relevant industry) that may use or benefit from ABS transactions in Myanmar.

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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