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5.12.2016.

The Director, MEAs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu during the COP 13 on CBD in Cancun, Mexico, He represented the CS, Prof, Judi Wakhungu during the global side event on Soda Lake Projects at the on-going COP 13

The Director, MEAs, Mr. Richard Mwendandu during the COP 13 on CBD in Cancun, Mexico, He represented the CS, Prof, Judi Wakhungu during the global side event on Soda Lake Projects at the on-going COP 13

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development sets forth an ambitious set of universal goals and targets to tackle the challenges facing the world today, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a presentation made on her behalf by the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), Mr. Richard Mwendandu, during a Side event hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the collaboration of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), during the 13th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity {COP 13}in Cancun, Mexico, that sought to examine the contribution of projects that use genetic resources to implement the sustainable development goals, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, In order to ensure that its visionary outcomes are achieved, it is imperative that, efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda are made in a way that effectively integrates the economic, social and environmental dimensions, including the role of genetic resources.

The Kenyan delegation at the COP13 in Cancun, Mexico

The Kenyan delegation at the COP13 in Cancun, Mexico

Noting that the Nagoya Protocol is uniquely positioned to facilitate this integration through science, technology, the sustainable management of natural resources and traditional knowledge, Prof. Wakhungu enumerated the lessons learnt and noted that, Education and awareness among the providers and users in all the parties is key on implementation of the Nagoya Protocol; Development of effective legislations, policies and institutional arrangements with clear and certainty framework will attract investments in biodiversity based business and promote conservation and livelihoods; Capacity building on development  is quite critical for compliance and enforcement, specifically on access, ownership, IP clauses, applicable laws, third party involvement and disbursement; Vested interests, dealing with non parties ,inadequate compliance mechanism between parties and emerging issues such as synthetic biology affect delivery of the third objective of CBD and  Nagoya Protocol; Grant of Prior Informed Consent (PIC) with involvement of communities can be complicated due to lack of effective legal structures within the community which could be used in Access Benefit Sharing (ABS) negotiations; and that, dealing with industrial partners can be a challenge especially if the idea is not driven by companies from non party states, as that can  be complex and present uncertainty on accessed genetic resources due to the common phenomenon of company mergers and acquisitions.

Delegates from different couintries of the World following keenly during the on-going COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico

Delegates from different couintries of the World following keenly during the on-going COP 13 in Cancun, Mexico

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