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Competent National Authority (CNA)

published: 18 Dec 2018 last updated: 19 Aug 2020
General information
Belgium Party to the NP Nagoya Protocol Signatory Entry into force: 07 Nov 2016
Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement
Avenue Prince de Liège 15
Namur (Jambes),
Walloon Region
5100,
Belgium
  • (+32) 081/649617
Additional Contact Information
- Organization: Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement (DGARN) | ABSCH-CON-BE-241206-2
Organization
Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement (DGARN)
Government agency (Sub-national)
Avenue Prince de Liège 15
Namur (Jambes), Walloon Region
5100, Belgium
Phone: +32 81 33 61 60,
Fax:
Website:
Legislative, administrative or policy basis for the competence of the Competent National Authority
  • ABSCH-MSR-EU-201808-6 Legislative, Administrative or Policy Measure EU ABS Regulation - REGULATION (EU) No 511/2014 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 April 2014 on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization in the Union

    This Regulation establishes rules governing compliance with access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources in accordance with the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (the ‘Nagoya Protocol’). The effective implementation of this Regulation will also contribute to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components, in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (the ‘Convention’).

    This Regulation applies to all EU Member States, regardless of their individual ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.

    Due to the division of competences between the EU and its Member States, some elements related to the compliance measures (such as the penalties, authorities in charge of the compliance checks) are not directly provided for in the EU ABS Regulation but are or will be implemented by each EU Member State.

    This Regulation implements the obligatory compliance measures of the Nagoya Protocol. It does not establish access rules at EU level. For EU Member States that decide to establish access rules, these will be found in the legislation of the respective EU Member State (see their respective Country Profile).

  • ABSCH-MSR-BE-241207-4 Legislative, Administrative or Policy Measure "Décret-programme portant des mesures diverses en matière d’emploi, de formation, d’économie, d’industrie, de recherche, d’innovation, de numérique, d’environnement, de transition écologique, d’aménagement du territoire, de travaux publics, de mobilité et de transports, d’énergie, de climat, de politique aéroportuaire, de tourisme, d’agriculture, de nature, de forêt, des pouvoirs locaux et de logement" assigns the Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement as Competent National Authority for the Walloon Region for the Nagoya Protocol
    This decree gives the mandate for the control of compliance and the recognition as National Competent Authority related to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the Walloon Region to the "Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement" (Moniteur belge: 2018/204997 page 76093, article 234)

Summary of ABS Responsibilities
The DG is responsible to check compliance in the Walloon Region for the Nagoya Protocol
Sub-national Walloon Region
  • All types of genetic resources
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