Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 22
Pushpa Gujral Science City organised a webinar in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), on ‘Industry and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) provisions under the Biological Diversity Act’ on the event of International Biodiversity Day. The webinar was supported by Punjab BioDiversity Board and National Biodiversity Authority. It was attended by 300 industrialists, consultants, researchers, biology college students and academics from throughout the nation.
Addressing the members, Dr VB Mathur, chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, underlined that ABS might turn out to be a robust device to attain the targets of conservation and sustainable use of bio-resources and its adoption could lead on communities in direction of the trail of sustainable progress. He knowledgeable that India was a world chief in enacting and implementing the Biological Diversity Act and international locations have been trying as much as us for implementing the ABS mechanism additionally. He, nonetheless, expressed his concern over the gradual implementation of the ABS provisions within the nation as known as for beneath Articles 15, 16, and 19 of the CBD.
Bhavdeep Sardana, eminent industrialist and chairman, CII Punjab, in his opening remarks, stated like many key sources on the planet, genetic sources weren’t evenly distributed and international locations wealthy in bio-resources wanted to make use of them judiciously to make sure sustainable financial progress. Plants, animals and microbes collectively make complicated and delicately-balanced ecosystems and will contribute considerably to the nation’s financial system. The manner through which genetic sources are accessed, and the way the advantages of their use are shared, might create incentives for his or her conservation and sustainable use, and contribute to the creation of a fairer and extra equitable financial system to assist sustainable improvement.
Sharing his views in the course of the webinar, J Justin Mohan, secretary, National Biodiversity Authority, underscored the significance of consciousness on procedures for getting access to genetic sources and the provisions beneath the ABS tips. He famous that a number of industries have been now coming ahead voluntarily to implement these tips and their achievements wanted to be acknowledged, appreciated and emulated. Such industries might turn out to be function fashions for his or her counterparts.
Dr Neelima Jerath, director common, Pushpa Gujral Science City, knowledgeable that it has been estimated that bio-resources present companies value US$125 trillion each year globally. Hence, there’s significance of recognising sovereign rights of each nation on its organic sources. India is within the elite group of mega-diverse international locations. She stated human actions, together with deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensified agriculture, and acceleration of local weather change, have pushed nature past its restrict. If we proceed on this path, biodiversity loss may have extreme implications for humanity, together with the collapse of meals and well being methods. Further, the emergence of Covid has underscored the truth that after we destroy biodiversity we destroy the system that helps human life. Nature is sending us a message which we have to decode and take collective motion, she added.
Speaking on the event, Dr Geetha Nayak, GIZ, emphasised that defending nature helps world financial system, creates jobs and protects livelihoods. An funding of $1 in conservation can yield a return of $9. Access and profit sharing is subsequently, integral to the sustainability of bio-resource-based trade.
Sanjay Kumar, nation supervisor of Valagro Biosciences, Hyderabad, which obtained the India Biodiversity Award, 2021 within the ABS class, stated the goal of ABS was to allow honest distribution of advantages between the customers and suppliers in order to open the doorways for innovation, in addition to create incentives for conservation. Therefore, entry to genetic sources on the whole, and benefit-sharing from that entry, is a key to sustainable improvement.