Biological Diversity

India signs Nagoya protocol ahead of Hyderabad CBD meet


GoI yesterday announced that the Union Cabinet had approved the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, which India had signed in May, 2011. The Nagoya Protocol, as we’ve written before was a step in the right direction, but a very small one. India, along with other countries like Brazil, is considered to be ‘mega-diverse’ and the Nagoya Protocol is expected to benefit such countries the most – or more correctly, to protect these countries which are most vulnerable to biopiracy and misappropriation of biological resources. As per PIB’s press release,

India is one of the identified megadiverse countries rich in biodiversity. With only 2.4 per cent of the earth’s land area, India accounts for 7-8 per cent of the recorded species of the world. India is also rich in associated traditional knowledge, which is both coded as in ancient texts of Indian systems of medicines such as Ayurveda, Unani and Sidha, and also non-coded, as it exists in oral undocumented traditions. ” 
The protocol which addresses bio-piracy and benefit-sharing concerns has so far been controversially received and is expected to receive a lot of attention during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Bio Diversity, which India is hosting in Hyderabad from 8-19th October. 
The provisional agenda of the meeting is available here
Swaraj Paul Barooah

Swaraj Paul Barooah

Follow @swarajpb Swaraj has a deep interest in IP, Innovation and Information policy, especially when they involve issues relating to Access to Knowledge, Innovation incentive mechanisms, Digital Freedoms, Open Access, Education, Health and Development. After his BA, LLB (hons) from Nalsar Univ of Law, Hyderabad, he went on to do his LLM from UC Berkeley in 2010. He is now pursuing his J.S.D. degree from UC Berkeley where he is focusing on Drug Innovation Policy and Access to Medicines. Aside from SpicyIP, he is also engaged as a consultant on various IP matters, and is a visiting faculty member at Nalsar Univ of Law. He is also in the process of starting up a New Delhi based "IP, Innovation & Information Policy" focused think-tank.

2 comments.

  1. AvatarOnkar Singh

    As per the press release 05 sept, 2013 Honduras and Tajikistan became the most recent countries to ratifies the Nagoya Protocol.This brings the total number of ratificati
    ons of the Nagoya Protocol to 20.

    The Nagoya Protocol will enter into force on the 90th day after the date of deposit of the 50th
    instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

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  2. AvatarOnkar Singh

    In exercise of the powers conferred by the sections of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, and in pursuance of the ratified Nagoya Protocol. Finally, on 21st November 2014, the National Biodiversity Authority has issued Guidelines on Access to Biological Resources and Associated Knowledge and Benefits Sharing Regulations, 2014.

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