Mozambique Ratifies Nagoyo Protocol

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Mozambique has recently ratified the Nagoyo Protocol, a protocol concerning access to and sharing of genetic resources and information.  The protocol addresses the legal framework surrounding the complicated issue of genetic resources and is intended to serve as a transparency boost for the already existing United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The language of the protocol focuses on equitable sharing of information and resources, and addresses issues such as indigenous and local communities granting access to genetic resources, as well as traditional knowledge associated with genetic information and materials.

Mozambique will be the thirtieth nation to ratify the Nagoyo Protocol, but fifty nations are needed before it can enter into force.  Notably absent from the list of ratified countries is the United States, a key player in the field of genetics.

The Nagoyo Protocol also aims to promote conservation and environmentalist efforts, increasing the amount of land per nation promised to be made into protected regions. The attempt towards stronger conservation policies and protection of biodiversity is supported by the Mozambique Government, which recognizes the importance of biodiversity and genetic resources.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201403140038.html

Image: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/05/Mozambique_2012_3786.jpg

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