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National Coordination Centre on Access to Genetic Resources & Benefit-sharing

Head: Elena N. Makeyeva

PhD in Biological Sciences, Associate Professor

e-mail: E.Makeyeva@igc.by; belarusnpabs@gmail.com

The Centre was established in 2014 to ensure the effective participation of the Republic of Belarus in addressing the problems of access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization within the framework of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol. The Centre was also assigned with Checkpoint functions to monitor the utilization of genetic resources.

Priority areas of activity:

  • data collection, analysis and systematization with regard to legislation and genetic resources of the Republic of Belarus, access to which can be provided to stakeholders;
  • specification of terms and conditions for access to genetic resources of the Republic of Belarus and their use, including the benefit-sharing arising from their utilization;
  • provision of information to stakeholders on access to genetic resources of the Republic of Belarus and the terms of their use, including the benefit-sharing arising from their utilization;
  • arrangement of an Expert Review of projects and agreements on access to genetic resources of the Republic of Belarus and the terms of their use;
  • information exchange with National Focal Points (National Coordination Centres) of other countries and international organizations on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing;
  • constant liaison with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and participation in the Clearing-House on access to genetic resources under the Nagoya Protocol.

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