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Capacity-building Initiative (CBI)
published: 21 Jun 2021
Training workshop on ABS Regime with a special focus on the ABS toolkit was held to the officials of the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA)
June 22, 2018
October 26, 2018
- Person: Mr. Mani Prasad Nirola
Serbithang Thimthrom, ThimphuMr. Mani Prasad NirolaSr. Biodiversity Officer, National Biodiversity Centre
11001,BhutanPhone: +975-2-351218/ 351417,Fax: +975-2-351219,Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,Website:
- Person: Mr Chencho Dorji
Serbithang Thimthrom, ThimphuMr Chencho DorjiHead, BP and ABS Program, National Biodiversity Centre, BP and ABS Program
11001,BhutanPhone: +975-2-351218/351417,Fax: +975-2-351219,Email: email@example.com,Website:
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The training workshop was convened to the officials of BAFRA considering their role in the implementation of ABS Regime in the country especially being formalized as one of the designated checkpoints. The BAFRA as a checkpoint is significant in monitoring and tracking the access and utilization of the Bhutanese genetic resources through physical verification at the designated exit points such as airports and land ports. The training workshop covered an overview of the national and international conventions, protocols and legal framework on biodiversity and ABS such as the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Nagoya Protocol on ABS, ABS Policy of Bhutan 2015, the rationale for the development of ABS toolkit, and comprehensively delved into the ABS Regime in the country. Further, a documentary on ABS was screened and a copy of ABS Toolkit was distributed to the participants. A total of five workshops were carried out. One at the national level and three at the regional level and one at the only international airport of Bhutan. During the workshop the objective was to introduce the concept of ABS, ABS checkpoint to the officials as well as make them understand how the ABS works.
Officials of BAFRA ( one of the ABS checkpoints) had a better understanding of the concept of ABS. They understood their key role in the successful implementation of ABS regime in the country.
- Key area 1: Capacity to implement and to comply with the obligation of the Protocol
- 1.2 Raising awareness of the importance of GR and TK, and related ABS issues
- 1.5 Establishing mechanisms for domestic interagency coordination
- 1.7 Developing mechanisms to monitor the utilization of genetic resources, including the designation of checkpoints
- 2.5 Establishing institutional arrangements and administrative systems for ABS
- 3.4 Promoting better understanding of business models in relation to the utilization of genetic resources